Apr 14, 2010
Sad Endings...New Beginnings
The ABC dramedy that introduced us to an array of admirable characters of varying races, classes and sexual orientations as well as an eye-catching set that exploded with color and flamboyance is airing its series finale tonight at 10pm Est.(Sniff!)
With its great cast, hilarious scripts, groundbreaking story lines, picturesque fashions and a set that I DIE for, Ugly Betty has been my inspiration for pursuing a career in Set Design and Prop Styling. So, I thought it befitting to pay homage by posting my very first blog entry on the same day that they take their final bow.
Ugly Betty fanatics may mourn as the show vanishes into sitcom heaven but when one door closes another opens –so wipe your weeping eyes. Tonight’s episode may mark the end of one chapter in our lives but, together with you, the beginning of a new and brighter one. Today is the official onset of my journey into the obscure world of Photo Styling and even though the days of gawking at THE MOST aesthetically pleasing show on television are over for me. The wealth of ideas I plan to share in hopes of exposing this “invisible industry” as well as helping others who desire a career in this profession—have only just begun.
With you, I will be sharing my set design discoveries, my inspirations, my ideas, my fave prop stylists, my career frustrations and many photo styling resources I think you may find useful and interesting...I hope you’ll join me on this fantastic voyage!
For your viewing pleasure, photos of my muse featured in Interior Design Magazine and a quote from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the perfect description of the show's sets are below:
“Ad agencies, publishing houses, operating rooms, office cubicles: dull, duller and dullest. Then along came "Ugly Betty," set in the sleek, chic offices of a high-fashion magazine and before you could say "Oscar de la Renta," that changed. Betty Suarez (America Ferrera) and her co-workers spend their days in an environment where steel-gray file cabinets and dust-colored carpeting would be ashamed to show themselves.”
Production Designer: Mark Worthington
Set Decorators: Archie D’Amico (LA) Rich Devine (NYC) IIana Gordon (NYC)
Property Masters: Duke Scoppa, William F. Reynolds