Jeepers Creepers! Apparently, Cover Girl and Maybelline still sell in the 23rd century! You gotta give make up director Fred Phillips credit for creating truly cosmic eye make-up for the ladies (and many men) of TOS. Here’s a review; be sure to click on thumbnails for full size image:
Here’s the next in my Sunday Afternoon Movie series: Where the Boys Are (1960). Some squeaky clean teens frolic in Fort Lauderdale on Spring Break. One of the first movies to openly mention the possibility of s-e-x between college kids. I admit, I LOVE the fashion of this era; neat and sharp (if a little restrictive), the apex of mid-century style before everything went crazy a few years later. This was just four years before Beatlemania hit, I imagine it would have been much less coy had it been made just a few years later. But even in its innocence, it was a million times better than the awful 1984 remake (which glorified the college girls as trashy types). There’s something sweet (if rarely realistic) about girls wanting to retain their virginity. And ironically, the star of the movie, Delores Hart, would enter a cloistered convent only a couple years after this movie, she’s a Mother Superior today. (and please don’t believe all you read in these captions!) You can read my review here. Note: I accidentally posted this twice before — it’s finished now!
It’s been a long week (with concerns about Sandy and such) So here’s some pretty for today! A while back, I discovered a site called Doll Divine which features multiple interfaces where one can create all types of pretty model ‘dolls’. The one game on the site is Erte Elegance where you create dolls in the style of the great Art Deco artist Erte (with lots of swags and fru-fru’s) I started playing with the interface, and before long, I was recreating Star Trek’s most lovely women (Terran and Otherwise) in this most elegant style! Here the first several of my efforts –Vina from “The Cage” in her rags, damsel-in-distress gown, Talosian dress, picnic outfit, and of course, as a Green Orion Slave Girl! Note: Obviously these are variations on the original theme, for you are limited to the templates of the game and profile position of the model, but these are fanciful versions of the Trek Costumes as Erte may have interpreted them. I’m proudest of the ‘damsel’ gown, as I managed to recreate a facsimile of the fancy frock that Vina wore, complete with dark gold underskirt. (There are many options for patterned fabric and skirt layering) I’ll post some more of my other Trek ladies in the future. Enjoy, and have a restful weekend! And check out this site, it’s fun! – Therese
If anyone’s interested, I started a tumblr account the other week. It’s a great place to display pictures of all sorts of things that one likes. My page is called ‘Tess’s Tresses”. You’ll see all my StarTreKomics there for one thing, and lots of other stuff like Beatles and pretty flowers. Nothing creepy, just a happy place. Enjoy, and here’s the picture I modified for my home page. (colorized Gibson Girls). Be sure to press the archive button to see a map of everything I’ve posted!
The original and my modification
I heard today the very sad news that singer, actor,jockey, and former Monkee Davy Jones passed away from a heart attack in his home today, he was only 66. Long before Davy was a Monkee, he was a child actor on British soap operas and played The Artful Dodger in Oliver! on Broadway. Ironically, the night that The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, Davy was backstage with the cast of Oliver! waiting to perform; little did he or the screaming hordes in the theater know that he’d become as idolized as Paul McCartney in just two years.
I had the great pleasure of seeing Davy perform with Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz when they did a Monkee reunion in 1996. It was a great show and you could see that Davy LOVED performing. My sister and I had 7th row seats and at one point, Davy walked up and down the side aisles, touching hands with fans. I found myself calling “Come here Davy!” (just like a tween again). Alas we were too far in the aisle, but man, what a fun show! I recall it once said of Davy that “..if a fridge door opened, he’d do five minutes!” and I could just see him performing for the milk and mayonnaise. He had one of the most unique, warm, yet seductive voices I’ve ever heard. Behold several of my favorites:
And here’s the funny scene from The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) where Davy sings Girl at the school dance –looking a bit confused at the grunge influence,but so fun! The teachers are turned on and the students eventually realize that this guy was cool! (not the best quality, but the only copy I could find)
A commenter on YouTube wrote today: “A part of my childhood passed away today.” I think many American women in my generation (1960’s) would sadly agree. Farewell Davy. Thanks for the joy.
America loves Lucy, as does the whole world! But Trek fans have a special place in their hearts for her, for without Lucille Ball and Desilu, there wouldn’t be the original Star Trek in the first place! Happy, Heavenly Centennial Birthday, Lucy! You’re queen of the Trek Universe! (Now that’s Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!)
See this latest addition to StarTreKomics today! At first I was going to make Lucy like her Ricardo character, trying to navigate the Enterprise, but since Trek was after the I Love Lucy years, I wanted her to have a little fun!
(NOTE: This is a repost of one of my earliest articles from way back in 2011 when I started this blog! Posting it again today since I am finally writing Part II, about Star Trek Props)
As I reviewed old episodes of Trek, it was enlightening to see where the costume and production departments saved money and cut costs while making the the episodes. In this first article in the series, I’ll discuss Costume Recycling.
William Ware Theiss ( to be referred here always as WWT) , the supreme costume designer/wunderkind for Star Trek TOS, was always on a tight budget and a tighter schedule. Not only could this genius improvise a bolt of cloth into a ‘how-does-it-stay-on’ gown for an alien princess, but he knew when and how to re-use elements when needed.
*In S1’s The Conscience of the King, Lenore Karidian has the wardrobe that keeps on giving. Early on, she basically wears a luxuriant gray mink bath wrap. At its center is a lovely cats eye oval brooch with a pearl drop. In a later episode, (s2’s Assignment: Earth) the gray mink dress turns up on a modern (read 1967) passerby in the crowd on Gary Seven’s Earth–this time with a longer skirt under it. Two seasons later, (S3’s Plato’s Stepchildren) the Lenore’s brooch shows up on the bosom of Lt. Uhura when she is forced into Grecian gear by the Platonians. Just goes to show that a good piece of jewelry never goes out of style!
*Another of Lenore’s gowns had been re-purposed from an earlier episode. The first time, in Dagger of the Mind, it was seen as a tie-closure tunic in foamy green and aqua stripes and a pale pink lame border. When Lenore wore it for her observation deck flirtation with Kirk, the gown has been reversed, sewn up at the shoulders, caftan style, and green marabou added at the sleeves, hints of the pink lining are glimpsed. Seems a bit ironic that Lenore’s gown was recycled from the gown of a a sanitarium resident, since Lenore herself, (although never seen there), ends up in a sanitarium too.
*Lenore’s Father, Karidian, wears a dramatic olive green robe of a coat with a dark blue swirly branch design running through it, with faux yellow-green fur trim. The very same coat is worn two seasons later by the mad Captain Garth in S3’s Whom Gods Destroy. Then Garth himself has borrowed a blue suit from Commissioner Ferris from S1’s The Galileo Seven–the collar tabs were changed from white to sparkly blue, The ascot is gone, and Garth has added jewelry. (Accessories, ladies!)
*In Season 1, Mudd’s Women, we see Eve and Ruth, two of Harry’s “cargo” looking the stunners in rose pink and mint green sparkly gowns that Diana Ross would kill for. In S2’s I, Mudd, who should turn up in these same gowns but the Annabelle and Maisie Series among Mudd’s improved androids. Gives you a bit of insight into how 60’s TV worked. I’m guessing that WWT made two gowns for the originals, especially Eve since she had more action scenes, and kept them around for incidentals. And Harry Mudd must know a wholesale retailer for glam space lady gowns! Also in I, Mudd, Norman and the other male androids wear tight gray knit long underwear that leave very little to the imagination. Later two of the same gray tights show up on Lokai and Beale in Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, only with silver spangly trim added at the shirt hem and cuffs.
This recycling on WWT’s part became commonplace. Usually, it’s the gowns of central female characters that end up on extras in later scenes. For example:
*Attorney and Kirk-Ex Ariel Shaw wore a vibrant yellow, green and pink paisley caftan at the bar in Court Martial. (WWT loved caftans!) It shows up later on a female alien ambassador extra in Journey To Babel. And in that same scene, extra is talking to a man in another recycled suit, Lazarus’ blue suit from The Alternative Factor (Yet the suit from the later episode seems to be untorn and clean– maybe WWT made two versions?)
*In The Deadly Years, Dr. Janet Wallace first appears in brightly pink and yellow dyed burlap jumpsuit (What was WWT thinking?!) And later, in a swirly purple multi-print. Yet both of these outfits suffer a nasty fate in the S3 episode Where the Children Shall Lead where (blink and you’ll miss it) they are seen on two of the doomed mothers on the planet Triacus. (Heck, if I had to wear an itchy burlap jumpsuit, I’d die too!) In another flashback on Triacus, we see a happy mother in a pink cowl-necked mini dress, which was originally worn in the S1 episode of The Conscience of the King by character Martha Leighton. Then another of Martha Leighton’s gowns is being worn and slightly modified with straps and fluff by the android version of Harry Mudd’s wife, Stella, in S2’s I, Mudd.
Obsessed fashionistas will find The Ultimate Recycled Moment came from Seasons 1, 2, and from another TV series. In S2′s Catspaw, the wizard Korob wears a pumpkin colored robe with gold lame hood and front panel, with an all-watching eye at its center. In S1′s The Squire of Gothos, spoiled brat General Trelaine wears a grand blue velvet suit and cape trimmed with gold leaves in his castle. But wait! Didn’t we see BOTH of these costumes in an episode of Gilligan’s Island? Yup, Korob’s gown was worn by Bob Denver as the Fairy God-Father in Lovey’s Cinderella Dream in Lovey’s Secret Admirer. And then, Mr, Howell himself as the Prince, dances the night away in Trelane’s Cape! UPDATE! 6/15/14: A reader here pointed out that they may have seen Trelane’s coat on Mike Nesmith in an episode of The Monkees (Also anNBC series) and he was right: In the episode The Prince and The Pauper, we first see the coat on an old footman, then Mike dons it when pretending to be Davy’s footman. Later we see two of Trelane’s coats in the same scene, which begs the question, how many were made? I’ve also see a later photo of William Campbell, posing in his Trelane finery; I’m glad the costumers let him have one!
(11/22/12 — Found another one! Another series crossover is from the 1966 Daniel Boone episode, SeminoleTerritory, where character of Fletcher wears a splendid Indian feathered cape. Fast Forward to 1968, In The Paradise Syndrome, and Jim Kirk, a.k.a. ‘Kirok’ is wearing the same cape to marry Miramanee! I bet some of the other native costumes were reused here too, Boone was another NBC series).
Well! I can only presume that capes were expensive to make, and someone’s been digging into Western Costume’s warehouse!
Check the Gallery here to see each of these costume switcheroos and a few more!
Next time: Props Recycled.
Just a quick sideline. Not content enough to just write and draw, and collage, I also love making videos to music I love! Here’s some of my other interests expressed through home-made videos. My name on YouTube is peace2baby*. Enjoy! -Therese
*UPDATE: MARCH 20,2012
Google has changed their whole way of communicating, and in the process forced me to make a new name for myself of YouTube (Grrr!) Hence, I am now known at stillpeace2baby, but I have lost access to the editing of my original videos. However, I will still link to them through my new name, and I will eventually post new videos under that name too. But this sucks!
My first video, a tribute to my favorite Beatle, George Harrison.
And the baroque Jack O’Lantern I carved last Halloween (2010)
A Tribute to my favorite leading men and musicians (Nimoy & Shatner are in here too) With my original lyrics to “America, The Beautiful”
A backhanded tribute to Betty Draper on ‘Mad Men’ (At the end you see the truly most beautiful woman on MM!) Note: for some reason this one does not play in all countries-maybe the one bikini shot?
A little movie of our pet hamster, Gus! (Awww!)
A quick review of “StarTreKomics”, although I have to update the final credits to include this blog!
And finally, a shaky video of Peter Noone with The Herman’s Hermits, shot at The New York State Fair last summer (2010)
Oh yeah, and here I am on my 50th birthday earlier this year, showing off the first fondant decorated cake I’ve ever made!(blush)
I’ll be making more videos as time allows. Enjoy! -Therese