The famous costume designer
interviewed at the Rock and Hall of Fame and Museum,
where some of his costumes are displayed.
the Rock Hall's
curatorial director interview.What a way to start a career: James Dean's costumes for the movie "Giant." Since then, costume designer Manuel made Johnny Cash the "Man in Black," crafted Elvis' gold lame jumpsuit and created Bob Dylan's stage wardrobe.
He's done his share of glitzy Western wear for many country singers. He even met Patsy Cline but never got to see her wear the two dresses he made for her: They are believed to have been lost in the plane crash that killed her.
Manuel -- also known as the "Rhinestone Rembrandt" -- talked to us from Nashville, Tenn., where he lives.
It's been a wild ride for Manuel Cuevas, 70, the son of a cattle merchant with 11 siblings. From the time he was 7, when his older brother Adolfo taught him how to sew, Manuel knew he'd found his calling.
He went to a small college in Mexico, where he majored in psychology and accounting -- "It has served me well," he says, seriously -- then moved to Los Angeles.
Soon after, he ended up on the set of "Giant," as one of a team of people working for Edith Head. "She said, 'You can do James Dean's costume -- these are Texans,' " says Manuel, who understood exactly what she meant.
He went on to work for several Los Angeles' tailors, making clothes for the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, et.al.). But he got bored with that, and moved to Nudie Cohn's famous Western store, where he designed costumes for Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger.
The latter created a huge moment for him.
"I remembered when I used to walk five miles as a child to go see a Lone Ranger movie and here I was, 15 years later, making Clayton Moore's costume," Manuel says. "We became good friends."
When he's making stage costumes for larger-than-life stars, Manuel says he keeps this in mind: "Make the character: If he's a clown, really make him a clown. If he's a beggar, a beggar. Know the people you are working for and find out what they're hungry for, and that gives you an image."
"Then, go a little over the top."
So, you've got to ask the man who has made so many over-the-top costumes for iconic figures: Who has most profoundly affected him?
"I would say the Grateful Dead."
"Yes. I made smiling skeletons for them, put roses on them, and it became emblematic for them."
One of his biggest challenges, he says, was Bob Dylan.
"So many performers want to look like peacocks: Frankie Valli, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell. They wanted to be pretty. Bob wanted to be more sedate, but unique, and he was very particular."Manuel's costumes in the Rock Hall's "Sparkle & Twang" exhibition ran through March 1. It was compiled by Marty Stuart.
March 27, 2009
This ia a PRE-ORDER for a machine that will arrive in early April.
- 400 balls
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口べレいつ ほのに― すレて トら
[LOW― HEROES TOUR― NHK Hall Tokyo― Japan 1978]
i spent a little while last night trying to find japanese characters that looked like "DAVID BOWIE--TVC 15" HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED:
nichopoulooza (1 day ago)口べレいつ [DAVid]
ほのに [BO (i forgot the fucking 'w') Ie]
すレて トら [tvC15]
HERE'S WHAT IT TRANSLATES TO IN JAPANESE:"LES when I should say most - and that the LES is"
(ゝmouth `)THAT'S how MY EMOTICON TRANSLATES.HE'S A NICE Bowie Fan FELLOW,HERE'S THE MESSAGE I JUST GOT ON YOUTUBE FROM THE POSTER.
AND HE'S RIGHT.
montana2goh (18 hours ago)
sorry, it can't be read in the Japanese language.
The challenge is beautiful, Isn't it, Jane?
The talk and the explanation which are while seeing stage live broadcasting in 1979 of Bowie.
yo (￣д￣) ne
曲としては、76年の「Station to Station」から、シングルカット曲です。シン・ホワイト・デューク期です。
i remember it now! it's from Saturday Night Live and there's Klaus Nomi in the background...and David is dressed like an air hostess or sth...please upload the whole thing...please!!!
I'm sorry. The upload is impossible.
All videos more concerned with SNL to complain from N/BC will be sometimes eliminated immediately.
Upload was tried once by edit only of the early arrival of the song and the last part, but that was also eliminated immediately.
It's only this really last partial chisel that I can upload it.
can you please upload David's live performance, please! i think he does TVC 15 and he's wearing a skirt! please upload it, youtube is full of Bowie performances, why would they delete yours??
When a performance part in Bowie is put in any more, it's eliminated, so only the last part.
March 26, 2009
Manuel: Manuel Arturo José Cuevas Martínez, born April 23, 1938 in Coalcomán Michoacán, Mexico, is a designer of Rhinestone-studded, brightly coloredd, beaded and fringed original designed and talilored suits, pants, shirts and ensembles, largely worn by both, Rock 'n' Roll and Country & Western stars.
The fifth of eleven children of Esperanza and José Guadalupe Cuevas was taught to sew by the age of seven.
He attended the University of Guadalajara, majoring in Psychology, and moved to Los Angeles in the mid-50s, where he apprenticed under master embroiderer, Viola Grae. Manuel continued with Grae until meeting Nudie Cohn.
Nudie's was THE C&W clothier period. Its fashion has now become synonymous with the 'Nashville Style" of the 40s, 50s and 60s.RHINESTONE:"A colorless artificial gem of paste or glass, often with facets that sparkle in imitation of a diamond. Although rhinestones are inseparably associated with the costumes of country and western singers and Las Vegas dancers, the word originally had European associations. The Rhine in rhinestone is the (French) Rhine River, and rhinestone is a translation into English of the French phrase caillou du Rhin. Originally a rhinestone was a kind of rock crystal that was found in or near the Rhine. Other types of rock crystal, such as Cornish diamond, were given similar fancy names. Because rhinestones could be made to imitate diamonds, the name rhinestone was applied to artificial gems made from paste, glass, or gem quartz and as a result often carries a connotation of showbiz glitz."Quite simply, Ukranian immigrant, Nudie Cohn, was the first man to apply rhinestone to male country and western's star performers, both astonishing, in combination with his intricate, neon-colored, embroidered tableau and fearless in his use of the rhinestone to outfit men in the entertainment business's most macho field, with something only formerly worn by women.He invented what we may now consider with irony, awe, or both, into an empire based on the remixing of those two elements which effect a certain segments of show business today--from Nashvegas to Las Vegas with a definite stop along the way at Graceland, where Bill Belew's evolved it into the ultimate sartorial statement of supremacy.Nudie earned himself the title, 'Rodeo Tailor to the Stars,' and those stars came to include almost every member of the Grand Ole Opry to the hippest Rock ' Rollers in the late 60s and 70s. Beginning with Gram Parsons, whose influence on the Stones' was all-encompassing, including their style, to the above mentioned Elvis Jumpsuit, and, of course, Elton John.
Others followed, all caught up in the masterful embroidery, and, to many people's eyes, the garish ornamentation of rhinestones: both simultaneously Nudie's trademark.
Manuel quickly became Nudie's head tailor,and by the early 60s, his head designer--remaining with Cohn for fourteen years.
I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW:
Besides the Lone Ranger's mask and Cowboy Outfit, Manuel was responsible for:
The Beatles' Suits on the cover of "Sergeant Pepper's..."; Johnny Cash's 'Man in Black' Suit; the Grateful Dead's 'Rose and Skeleton' insignia; and maybe his most famous design by proxy, an 'inflatable lips' pillow for Mick Jagger, which John Pasche later designed into The Rolling Stones' logo.
In the mid-70s Manuel married and divorced Nudie's daughter, Barbara, opened his own business in North Hollywood, and purchased a dozen sewing machines from infamous designer, Nathan Turk, whose, 'Turk of Hollywood,' had closed recently, due to poor health [Turk never cashed the check from Manuel].
By the late 80s, Manuel had moved to Nashville to be close to his 'Music City' clientele.
At 72, he still lives his passion and life's work every day at 1922 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee's "Manuel's Exclusive Clothiers.'lone ranger outfit coming up...