Glitter Sale 2014: Creating style with Coach!

 
by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
October 25, 2014
 

Coach handbags and shoes are a classic wardrobe staple. The handbags range from the iconic vintage hobos to mini totes so you can find the ideal fit for each season. Discover the perfect Coach handbag or accessory at this year’s Glitter Sale – check out some of the Coach items for sale! 

Preview items from the sale including clothing, jewelry, accessories and other glam attire on Goodwill’s blog, Cup of Goodwill.  Sign up to receive blog posts at www.seattlegoodwill.org/blog

And don't forget to RSVP on our Facebook event for early access to previews! http://bit.ly/GlitterSale31 

Photography by Brett Doss.

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Meet Ron Leamon: Professional Costume Designer

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
October 23, 2014
 

Ron Leamon is a local costume designer with over 30 years of experience in films, television, commercials, and live events. His work has been showcased at MOHAI and the Festival International Cinéma Costumes et Mode in Paris which celebrates costume design in film. He has designed costumes for actors like Alan Arkin, James Earl Jones, David Lynch, Dolly Parton, and Parker Posey. Leamon’s works have showcased Seattle and the great Northwest in feature films, and he’s an active participant and leading advocate in the northwest film industry—and he was kind enough to answer a few costume questions for us:

 

What is your favorite aspect of creating a new wardrobe or costume for someone?
The collaboration between the talent/client and the concept/character.

What are some projects you’ve worked on? Which was your favorite?
Most recently, I designed, “LAGGIES,” a movie filmed in Seattle starring Kiera Knightley and directed by Lynn Shelton. Other films and television shows include Stephen King’s Rose Red, Under one Roof, the pilot of Twin Peaks, Past Midnight, The Architect, Switchmas (Ira Finklestein’s Christmas), Grassroots, Man Choo (Late Autumn). One of my favorite was an early one called, “The Feud.” It was very 50’s /60’s stylized and had an amazing cast which became noted names in film.

Do you ever rely on Goodwill and thrift stores for pieces to costumes?
Oh yes, many times. Especially when we are looking for worn or retro look. What great resources to “treasure hunt” for that perfect garment!

How do you celebrate Halloween? What is your favorite aspect of the holiday?
My partner and I love to decorate the inside house with our Halloween villages. My favorite aspect is the costume parties, of course.

Do you plan on creating a costume for yourself? If so, can you share what it’ll be?
My costume is always last minute, since we are always working on Halloween. I love Liberace.

What aspects of costume creation do you think people spend too much time on?
I think sometimes too much attention is spent on makeup and not enough on detail. Accessorize, that always helps. I remember the first time I saw Tippi Hendren  “The Birds” costume at a party. It was original. It was detailed down to her pearls, handbag, gloves and hair style. Not to mention the birds sewn on pecking at her clothing.

What part of a Halloween costume would you say is most important?
Conveying the character/story – whom or what you are.  Pay attention to color and details.

What advice can you offer to the novice costume maker as they hit the thrift stores?
Have a reference of what you are trying to accomplish. Set a budget. You know what your skill level is with regards to craft and sewing. And, most important, have fun!

What are some of your favorite Halloween costumes you’ve had?
I made a friend Endora of Bewitched.  I made myself a hotpant Liberace sequined costume with boots and cape.

What trends do you think we’ll see unfold in Halloween costumes this year?
Ice bucket challenge, Hunger Games, a continuation of zombies, Frozen, LEGO, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

For more Halloween costume ideas and to enter our 5th Annual Costume Contest, please go to www.seattlegoodwill.org/halloween.

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Glitter Gala Interns: Jenn

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
October 17, 2014
 

“I think I’ve got all the good time periods,” Jenn joked.  Jenn is is a senior Costume Design student at Cornish College of the Arts and one of our two Glitter Gala Fashion Show Interns. She’ll be designing the outfits for some of the segments in this year’s “Reinventing the Future” themed fashion show.  “The 1920s are very elegant—and the 1950s/60s are kind of spacey—and I LOVE scifi—and the 80s are all video games—and I like video games.”

Jenn hails from Hanover, PA, and found her way to Cornish after getting involved with theater productions in high school, and researching one of her favorite costume designers Colleen Atwood, who also went to Cornish.

Her spunk is unparalleled, and her face lights up when she talks about ideas that she and fellow intern Sonya are working on for the Gala. “I love getting to go through storage and shopping—you find really cool stuff and get inspired from there.” The evidence of her inspiration will be made public on November 1st at the Glitter Gala.

Outside of her internship, you might find her delving into the world of comic books and playing video games. She loves dinosaurs and aspires to attain a white fringed leather jacket just like the one Sloan wore in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

When asked what she would like to do once she has finished with her degree. “My hopes and dreams?” she replied, “To be Wonder Woman. Other than that, I plan to be a successful costume designer—but I’m very open. I love working with vintage stuff. I’ve thought about working with a vintage collection at a museum—or designing costumes for dance theater.”

See Jenn’s work at the 9th Annual Glitter Gala Fashion Show!

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Glitter Sale 2014: Kate Spade

 
by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
October 15, 2014
 

Kate Spade launched her career with her namesake handbags and now the brand includes stylish designer clothing and accessories.  Kate Spade is one of the many designer names that you will find at the 31st annual Glitter Sale on November 8 and 9.  Check out a few of the pieces for sale this year!

 

Preview items from the sale including clothing, jewelry, accessories and other glam attire on Goodwill’s blog, Cup of Goodwill.  Sign up to receive blog posts at www.seattlegoodwill.org/blog

And don't forget to RSVP on our Facebook event for early access to previews! http://bit.ly/GlitterSale31 

Photography by Brett Doss

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Glitter Sale 2014: First Look

 
by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
October 13, 2014
 

Come shop the Glitter Sale this November 8th and 9th!  For the past 31 years, Seattle Goodwill  has been selling designer, vintage, and unique one-of-a-kind items clothing and accessories at this special sale.  This year designer pieces include Burberry, Prada, DVF, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Betsy Johnson, Trina Turk, Coach, Michael Kors and more.  This year there will also be a small selection of wedding dresses and an expanded selection of silver jewelry for sale.

All sales from the Glitter Sale benefit Goodwill's free job training and education programs that help individuals in our community get the skills needed to gain employment.

Preview items from the sale including clothing, jewelry, accessories and other glam attire on Goodwill’s blog, Cup of Goodwill which you can sign up to receive posts at www.seattlegoodwill.org/blog.  Check out a few of the items below for sale this year!

RSVP for the sale, and receive early and exclusive previews here: http://bit.ly/GlitterSale31

Photography by Brett Doss.

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