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Hi, I’m Raissa Bretana,

and I’m a fashion historian and an adjunct instructor

at the Fashion Institute of Technology,

where I teach a course

on the history of costume and fashion in film.

Today, we’re going to review

some iconic fashion scenes in film and TV.

[pleasant music]

I’m sorry, I’m terribly nervous,

I’ve never done anything like this.

Nothing to be nervous about, you’re gonna be great.

Now, listen closely, you’re in Paris-

This is Funny Face, directed by Stanley Donen

with costumes by Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy.

This scene features a photo shoot montage

in different locations in Paris.

And here we really see true Givenchy on display.

[Dick] Let’s go!


For starters, the photographer Dick Avery,

played by Fred Astaire, is actually based

on the real-life fashion photographer Richard Avedon

and Avedon actually collaborated on this film.

He shot the entire title sequence and all of those stills

that we see throughout this photo shoot sequence

were actually shot by Avedon himself.

Duvel shows the collection on Friday.

The night before I’m giving a party

to introduce you to the press.

The editor-in-chief of the fictional Quality magazine

in this film is based on a real life fashion figure,

and that is the iconic Diana Vreeland.

In the 1950s, she was an editor at Harpers Bazaar,

but she would later go on to become

the editor-in-chief of Vogue.

All of the clothes that we see

Audrey wearing in this photo shoot sequence

and in any scene that takes place

in a fashion setting in Paris

can be attributed to Hubert de Givenchy.

I know, I’m a princess at the ball

and the bird is really Prince Charming.

This film is a love letter to the golden age of couture,

but also to Paris, the capital of fashion.

And we actually see in imagery from the 1950s

that many fashion photographers position their models

against the backdrop of iconic Paris landscapes

to really hit home that this was the home of fashion.

This was the center of the fashion world.

This is American Crime Story:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace

created by Ryan Murphy, directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton,

with costume design by the great Lou Eyrich

and Allison Leach.

In this scene, Donatella wears

the dress that made her a star.

[soft dramatic music]

This scene takes place in 1992

at the 100th anniversary party of Vogue.

So Gianni really wanted Donatella to make a splash,

and she did.

Donatella, Donatella. Gianni, Donatella,

over here.

[Photographer] Gianni.

Gianni. Gianni.

[Photographer] Beautiful.

You can see in this scene that he is holding her hand

at the beginning of this red carpet moment,

but by the end of the scene,

he’s let go and she’s standing on her own.

And that is rather symbolic about this passing of the torch

in the legacy of Versace.

[dramatic music] [camera shutters clicking]

This dress came from Versace’s Fall 1992 collection

called Miss S&M,

but now it’s more commonly referred

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South Carolina No. 1 in AP preseason women’s basketball poll; Baylor checks in at No. 4

NEW YORK (AP) — Dawn Staley already has accomplished so much at South Carolina. Now she can add the first preseason No. 1 ranking in school history to the list of achievements.

The Gamecocks received 29 of the 30 first-place votes in The Associated Press preseason women’s Top 25 released Tuesday.

“It’s pretty cool to be the first to do things at a place, where you can feel the love for our team in this town,” said Staley, who has won a national championship and five SEC Tournament titles since coming to the school in 2008. “They’ve been along this journey with us and allowed us to do things like this.”

The Gamecocks, who had been second twice in the preseason poll, in 2014 and 2015, finished last season at No. 1 for the first time. Staley hopes that this year’s team will get a chance to compete for a national championship after last season’s NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the Gamecocks at No. 2 was Stanford, which received the other first-place vote from the national media panel. It’s the Cardinal’s highest ranking in the preseason since the 2009 season when the team also was second.

“I’m proud of our team and they are coming to the gym and getting better,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “We have a long way to go, no doubt, but I’m very excited.”

UConn, Baylor and Louisville round out the top five. It is the 14th consecutive year that the Huskies were ranked in the top five in the preseason.

Mississippi State was sixth. Arizona was seventh, the first time since 2004 that the Wildcats have been ranked in the preseason poll. North Carolina State, UCLA and Oregon rounded out the top 10.


Northwestern was ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 2015, coming in at No. 17. Joe McKeown’s squad was in the AP Top 25 for the final nine weeks last season, climbing to No. 11 in the final poll. There is a lot of excitement around the program because of senior Lindsey Pulliam, who was first team all-conference last year, and junior Veronica Burton, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.


The Southeastern Conference, Big Ten and Pac-12 each have five teams in the preseason poll. The ACC has four, with the Big East and Big 12 each having two. The Missouri Valley and West Coast Conference each have one program in the Top 25. It’s the first time since 2015 that two mid-major teams were ranked in the preseason poll. It’s also only the second time that Gonzaga has been in the preseason Top 25. The Zags were ranked No. 25 in the first poll in 2013.


Texas, under new coach Vic Schaefer, was the first team outside the Top 25, followed by South Dakota, Florida State, North Carolina and Arizona State. All those teams, except for the Tar Heels, were in

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Thousands of Arizonans to get checks, gift cards under $5M Honda airbag settlement | Business News

Cash-equivalent gift cards of $150 or $50 will be mailed to about 40,000 Arizona consumers with defective Takata airbags, but the cards can be activated only after a consumer takes his or her vehicle to a Honda dealership for free airbag replacement.

Whether consumers get a $150 or $50 gift card depends on the specific type of inflator used in their airbags.

Honda previously reached a settlement with a multi-state group, but Arizona chose not to take part because the settlement did not provide any restitution or incentives to get dangerous airbags fixed, Brnovich said.

The Arizona attorney general alleged that Honda should have warned consumers purchasing its vehicles about the airbag issues by September 2012, but consumers did not receive notice until November 2015, when federal regulators fined Takata $200 million. Takata filed for bankruptcy in June 2017.

Besides the restitution and gift-card incentives, Honda agreed to pay $650,000 for outreach to inform consumers of the recall, $100,000 to the state for other consumer outreach efforts and a $500,000 payment to the state.

Honda also agreed to refrain from deceptive or misleading advertising and set up a system for employees to report safety concerns to management.

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