The Art of Dressing the Cast of “Pan Am” – Ane Crabtree, Costume Designer

Having a great script and cast are just part of the success of a TV show especially when you are doing a period piece.

Circa 1963

“Pan Am” the new series on ABC is one where the script, cast along with set and costumes are all in sync, one that takes you back to the 1960’s. As someone who grew up in the 60’s, I can tell you that dressing like Jackie O was essential. My mother dyed her shoes to match clothing, always wore a girdle and looked amazing even for the grocery store. Here’s a photo of my mom, two of her younger sisters and myself (youngest) dressed for the zoo.

My mother also used to like to accessorize me (or maybe that was me wanting to be like Barbie?) with gloves and purses and shiny shoes. Either way, it was a way that a girl (woman) dressed and felt confident in herself as she went shopping, out to dinner or even to work.

Circa 1964 - Dressed up for Skipper Chuck's Popeye Playhouse TV show audience

I remember the first time I flew in an airplane was 1972, we went to the Bahamas from Miami where I grew up. They had champagne on the flight for the passengers and it was so much like you see on the show Pan Am, very put together flight attendants and one young girl who dreamed about traveling the world watching them during the flight.

Back to the reason for posting this story on the costumes of Pan Am.

Tomorrow is Halloween – and although this is a little late in coming out – so you might not have time to get all the details right, I thought you’d like to know what they are for the uniform:

  • Blue Suit with a Jacket and Skirt  – The “Pan Am Blue” is close to a Royal Blue. Suits can be found at your local thrift store. If you’re handy, you can tailor your jacket to make it fit your ladylike figure and shorten the sleeves.  Similarly, the skirt length is acceptable just to your knee.
  •  White Collared Shirt –   Spread the collar over the lapel of the suit jacket.
  • White Gloves –  Gloves should reach the middle of your arm. Opera length gloves are too long.  In a pinch, use shorter gloves, not longer ones.
  • Nylon Hosiery –  In the ‘60s, hosiery was not as sheer as today.  Emphasize that you’re wearing hosiery by wearing a less-sheer style.
  • Short-Heeled Black Pumps – The stewardesses of Pan Am were on their feet all day, so find a sensible, lower heel.
  • Pan Am Wings Lapel Pin – A pattern is available for you to download at http://cdn.media.abc.go.com/m/pdf/shows/pan-am/PA_Hat_.pdf.  Simply print it out, cut it carefully and attach it to a piece of heavy paper or thin cardboard (like that of a milk carton).  Then, affix a safety pin to this and wear your wing on the left side of your jacket (over your heart).
  • Pan Am Stewardess Cap –  A pattern to create your own paper cap is available for download at  http://cdn.media.abc.go.com/m/pdf/shows/pan-am/PA_Hat_.pdf.  There’s a pattern for the Pan Am cap pin provided as well.
  • Pan Am Flight Bag –  If you haven’t yet ordered your own bag, you can create your own by modifying a bowling bag or other similar large bag.
Now for the make-up, you can copy the TV show or watch this video where this makeup artist gives you the how-to session in under 10 minutes – clearly a win-win.
Officially speaking – the cast’s make-up is light, “daytime” make-up.  Make it authentic by wearing the official shade, “Persian Melon” by Revlon (shade 585).

Interview with Ane Crabtree

"Pan Am" on ABC

"Pan Am" on ABC

This week, I got to sit in on an interview with Ane Crabtree, who is the costume designer for “Pan Am” and learned some very interesting facts – like the costume blue is not the same – for camera they punched the color up a bit so it wouldn’t look so dull.

The female cast members were introduced to original “foundation garments” i.e. girdles and pointy bras, which they say makes them feel different in their clothes.

Perhaps that’s what the women of Jackie O’s time period like my mother felt – pulled together.

Here are a few more questions that were asked of Ane Crabtree during the interview:
Question What research did you do before creating the uniforms?
Answer –  We got an original Pan Am uniform from a stewardess and we measured every inch of it and then recreated our own for the show.
Question –  What do you think is it about the 60s that fascinates us so much?
Answer –  I think that the 60s were a time of hope and a time of not knowing whereas, you know, today there’s a little bit of fatigue, social, you know, fatigue. And I think that in the clothing the difference is that there was a bit of mystery and not giving all the information away in your clothing. You know, ladies were ladies. They dressed like ladies. And the men were gentlemen. And so that air of mystery I think young people certainly in America and in Europe are curious about because we’ve gone so far the other way.
Question –  How do you use the costumes to accentuate the different character’s personalities?
Answer A lot of that starts with color of a certain palette per character. I think that was a psychological way of approaching each character. So if you look at the four girls there’s a distinct — and even the two gentlemen, the main characters — they all have a very distinct palette that surrounds them that might speak to, for instance, (Laura’s) very naïve, innocent. She’s the youngest. She’s the newest stewardess and she’s sort of at a crossroads in her life of change. And so her colors are very pastel, you know, baby blues and pale yellows and pale pinks because that’s what she’s experienced so far. Her palette may change as the storylines change.
You know, and she visually and inspiration-wise she’s – her inspiration is taken from Grace Kelly and Jean Shrimpton the model. So that’s sort of what I go towards when I’m designing her. And each girl has a separate one, you know, a separate actors that are my icons for them and a separate palette.

More About Ane

Ane has been a Costume Designer for film and television, and is well-known for creating the look for The Sopranos in the original HBO pilot. She’s also known for her personal approach with actors such as Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Carla Guigino, Sarah Jessica Parker, Antonio Banderas, Oliver Platt, Catherine Keener, Timothy Olyphant, and Christina Ricci, to name just a few. Ane’s commercial work includes spots for Adidas, Sherwin Williams, AT&T, Miller Life, and Planters Peanuts. She studied fine arts at Harlaxtan College (Lincolnshire, England) and fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York).
"Pan Am" on ABC Sunday Nights

"Pan Am" on ABC Sunday Nights

More about the TV show: “Pan Am”

Passion, adventure and espionage… They experience it all – and they experience it at 30,000 feet. The style of the 1960s, the energy and excitement of the Jet Age and a drama full of sexy entanglements deliciously mesh in a thrilling and highly original new series.

PAN AM stars Christina Ricci (“Penelope”) as Maggie, Margot Robbie (“Neighbours”) as Laura, Michael Mosley (“Justified”) as Ted, Karine Vanasse (“Polytechnique”) as Colette, Mike Vogel (“The Help,” “Blue Valentine”) as Dean and  Kelli Garner (“Going the Distance”) as Kate.

Series creator Jack Orman (“ER,” “Men of a Certain Age”), Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “Parenthood,” “Mr. Sunshine”), Nancy Hult Ganis (“Akleeh and the Bee”) and Steven Madea (“Lie to Me,” “Lost”) are executive producers. “Pan Am” is produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Shoe Money Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Be a Fan – follow Pan Am on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PanAmABC

Catch up on clips and episodes here: http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/pan-am

Tune into Radio Disney Friday! See Cody Simpson’s Jam Session with Season 4 “N.B.T.” artists

Radio Disney will be airing Cody Simpson’s Jam Session with Season 4 “N.B.T.” artists THIS Friday, Oct. 28thas part of round 2 later that evening (he will be featured with the remaining 4 artists).

Cody Simpson, originally uploaded by MingleMediaTVNetwork.

Here a few other important “N.B.T.” facts for fans “in the know”:

  • Season 4 “N.B.T.” artists’ featured two singles are available on iTunes NOW!
  • Fans can vote for their favorite “N.B.T.” artist at RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page (Facebook.com/RadioDisney), or text* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639)
  • The 2nd round of eliminations will take place on Fri., Nov. 11.
  • Fans will be able to vote for Round 2 AFTER Radio Disney announces who got eliminated in round one at 3pm PT/6pm ET Friday, Oct. 28.

Here’s our interview with Cody:

Here’s Cody’s Latest Music Video “Not just You”

Cody Simpson with Radio Disney’s aspiring “N.B.T.” artists

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Via Flickr:
Mingle Media TV and entertainment reporter, Kristin Burtt, got to catch up with teen sensation Cody Simpson who was taking a time out from his ‘Coast To Coast Tour’ to hang with Radio Disney’s aspiring “N.B.T.” artists Ladina Spence, Hollywood Ending, Tay Barton, Shealeigh and Zack Montana. The group was looking to gain some insight from Cody on what to expect as they enter the competitive music business.

“N.B.T.” Season Four Artists featured two singles are available on iTunes NOW!

Fans can vote for their favorite “N.B.T.” artist at www.RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/RadioDisney), or text* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639). The 2nd round of eliminations will take place on Fri., Nov. 11.

Vote for:
Tay Barton, 16-year-old country singer from Salt Lake City, Utah, now residing in Laguna Beach, California.

Zack Montana, 14-year-old pop singer from Los Angeles, California.

Ladina Spence, 16-year-old pop singer originally from Germany, now living in Los Angeles, California.

Hollywood Ending, pop/rock band made up of five members, ages 17-18 from the east coast and the UK.

Shealeigh, 13-year-old pop singer from Chicago, Illinois.

About “N.B.T.” (Next BIG Thing) is a daily multiplatform series that puts the spotlight on aspiring young recording artists and provides them with the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page (Facebook.com/RadioDisney), or text* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639). The winner will have their single released by Disney Music Group. Season four of “N.B.T” will premiere on Radio Disney and on Disney Channel Sunday, Oct. 16.

Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network?s current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez The Scene, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Willow Smith, Cody Simpson, Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Allstar Weekend. The network is available on over 35 terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius and XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones and on the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps.

For additional details on Radio Disney, the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families, visit www.RadioDisney.com.

For more Red Carpet Report interviews and photos from Mingle Media TV please visit our site at www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html

Radio Disney’s N.B.T. Voting Round 1: Who Are You Voting For?

Mingle Media TV has had fun getting to know Radio Disney’s N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) contestants this season and wanted to reacquaint you with who they are and let you know about the voting that will start tomorrow and that tomorrow there will be a special guest tomorrow (Cody Simpson) on the show.

For Fans of “N.B.T.” Season Four – we also wanted you to know that the artists featured two singles are available on iTunes NOW!

Click Here to Vote on Friday, October 28th

Fans can vote for their favorite “N.B.T.” artist at http://www.RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page (http://www.Facebook.com/RadioDisney), or text* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639).

Fans will be able to vote for round 2 AFTER Radio Disney announces who got eliminated in round one at 3pm PT/6pm ET Friday, Oct. 28.

The 2nd round of eliminations will take place on Fri., Nov. 11.

Next Big Thing Contestants

Tay Barton, 16-year-old country singer from Salt Lake City, Utah, now residing in Laguna Beach, California.

Zack Montana, 14-year-old pop singer from Los Angeles, California.

Ladina Spence, 16-year-old pop singer originally from Germany, now living in Los Angeles, California.

Hollywood Ending, pop/rock band made up of five members, ages 17-18 from the east coast and the UK.

Shealeigh, 13-year-old pop singer from Chicago, Illinois.


About “N.B.T.” (Next BIG Thing) is a daily multiplatform series that puts the spotlight on aspiring young recording artists and provides them with the chance to showcase their music across national broadcast and online platforms. Over the course of 10 weeks, Radio Disney and Disney Channel audiences will be invited to look, listen and vote for their favorite artist at RadioDisney.com or on the Radio Disney Facebook page (Facebook.com/RadioDisney), or text* “NBT” to DISNEY (347639). The winner will have their single released by Disney Music Group. Season four of “N.B.T” will premiere on Radio Disney and on Disney Channel Sunday, Oct. 16.

Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network?s current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez The Scene, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Willow Smith, Cody Simpson, Katy Perry, Taio Cruz and Allstar Weekend. The network is available on over 35 terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius and XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones and on the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps.

For additional details on Radio Disney, the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families, visit http://www.RadioDisney.com.

For more Red Carpet Report interviews and photos from Mingle Media TV please visit our site at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html

Miss Piggy featured in InStyle Magazine

Miss Piggy - InStyle Fashion Shoot

Miss Piggy - InStyle November Issue

Part of being a star is getting styled by the best designers around. Miss Piggy is no exception.

In the November issue of InStyle magazine, Miss Piggy is dressed by Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, Brian AtwoodSuno, Opening Ceremony, and Giles & Brother.

In her video interview with InStyle, the porcine diva talks fashion, footwear, Lady Gaga’s faux frogs AND reveals who Kermit’s biggest competition is!

Can you guess? No? Well, we won’t keep you in suspense any longer…

Here’s her InStyle Interview video:

The Muppets- opens November 23rd 2011

Story starts on vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

Website and Mobile sitewww.Disney.com/Muppets
Become a fan on Facebookwww.Facebook.com/Muppets
Follow on Twitterwww.Twitter.com/MuppetsStudio

Cast:    Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Walter

Miss Piggy - InStyle Fashion Shoot

Miss Piggy - InStyle Fashion Shoot - November Magazine

Phoebe Price at SCREAMFEST 2011 Horror Film Festival

Mingle Media TV and host, Leah Cevoli, were invited to come to the Los Angeles Premiere of VAMERIFICA starring ?Gossip Girl?s? Dreama Walker, at Screamfest (the ?Sundance of horror film festivals?) at the Mann?s Chinese Theatre. Vamerifica is directed by Bruce Orenstein. Screenwriters: Martin Yurkovic & Bruce Orenstein. Production: Blood River Productions. Website: http://www.vamperifica.com. Trailers: http://vamperifica.com/trailers/ About the film: It?s a campy blend of comedy and horror mixed together with some great eye candy and one killer musical number. Last month at the Chicago Horror Film Festival, VAMERIFICA won the award for Best Special Effects and an award for Special Recognition. It is also nominated for Best Film and Best Actor at the upcoming New Orleans Horror Film Festival and it will be screening at several other upcoming film festivals. To see this and more from Mingle Media TV, visit our Red Carpet Report at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html

Michelle Romano at SCREAMFEST 2011 Horror Film Festival

Mingle Media TV and host, Leah Cevoli, were invited to come to the Los Angeles Premiere of VAMERIFICA starring ?Gossip Girl?s? Dreama Walker, at Screamfest (the ?Sundance of horror film festivals?) at the Mann?s Chinese Theatre. Vamerifica is directed by Bruce Orenstein. Screenwriters: Martin Yurkovic & Bruce Orenstein. Production: Blood River Productions. Website: http://www.vamperifica.com. Trailers: http://vamperifica.com/trailers/ About the film: It?s a campy blend of comedy and horror mixed together with some great eye candy and one killer musical number. Last month at the Chicago Horror Film Festival, VAMERIFICA won the award for Best Special Effects and an award for Special Recognition. It is also nominated for Best Film and Best Actor at the upcoming New Orleans Horror Film Festival and it will be screening at several other upcoming film festivals. To see this and more from Mingle Media TV, visit our Red Carpet Report at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html