FIDM's 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit

We all know what the best part of every movie is. It’s not the actors. It’s not the script. And it’s NOT the vampires, singing, or sex scenes… It’s the COSTUMES! (Déjà vu: Black Swan) So why not celebrate them?!

FIDM does just that- the museum is unveiling its 19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit tomorrow, February 8th! The gallery will feature the original costumes from over 20 movies, all of which were nominated for 2011’s Oscar for Best Costume. A few of the ensembles included are those from “The King’s Speech”, “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Tempest,” “True Grit,” and many, many more.

The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 AM to 4PM. Admission is free to the public, and the museum is located at 919 S. Grand Avenue.

Catching Up With Celeb Designer Mark Wong Nark

With fall fast approaching it seemed only appropriate that I touch base with our favorite, celebrity fashion designer Mark Wong Nark to see what's in store for us this fall and winter season.

Tom Mark is the man behind the infamous Mark Wong Nark line. He has styled everyone from Kim Kardashian to Carmen Electra to Cameron Diaz. Currently, he’s working on the debut of his fall and winter fashion that will be hitting LA boutiques and Nordstrom’s department stores soon.

I caught up with Tom at a photo shoot with model Michele Brickman. Mark handpicked Brickman to showcase his fall and winter clothing line because, as he puts it, “She has the most vivacious curves.” He went on to say, “Michele has that “It” quality about her.” Tom likens Brickman to Kim Kardashian, another famous client of his. "I can just see Michele blowing up big time. From the minute I met her I thought stardom."

A Date With Tom Mark

Fashion designer Tom Mark is the man behind the infamous Mark Wong Nark line. The line, named after his father who passed away 15 years ago, is responsible for clothing stars Tyra Banks, Cameron Diaz and Kim Kardashian. His line has appeared in music videos for Madonna, George Michel and Paula Abdul. Denise Richards dodged bullets while wearing his leggings in the James Bond movie "The World Is Not Enough."

Originally from Thailand, Tom moved to Los Angeles when he was seventeen. His older brother recognized Tom's raw talent and pushed him toward fashion school. Tom enrolled in FIDM and it was there that a designer was born.

It's still the same old Runway

Ever since the announcement last April that Project Runway was moving to the Lifetime Network we have all been clutching our armrests in anticipation of what the usually women-in-peril-and-beating-the-odds network would do with our favorite reality fashion competition show. However as I sat down and watched the season premiere last night I was suprised and pleased to find that the new producers, Bunim-Murray (of The Real World fame), have maintained the integirty and energy of the show.