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Makeover Montage: A Fashion in Film Podcast

Feb 8, 2021

Today’s episode is on Waiting to Exhale, the Terry McMillan-novel-turned-1995 film starring the late, great Whitney Houston, alongside Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine as four friends living in Phoenix Arizona, looking for love in alllll the wrong f***boys. It’s a movie filled with as many irresistible lines as there are costumes from designer Judy L. Ruskin (Sleepless in Seattle, Bruce Almighty) that are somehow both timeless and deliciously ’90s at the same time. We won’t blame you if you start quoting the movie nonstop (esp. Bernadette's fire-setting monologue), or listen to the iconique soundtrack (which was produced by Babyface, and features Brandy, SWV, and, of course, Whitney) all week long.

We also discuss whether or not we should give The Wedding Planner another chance...

Notes & Mentions:

1996 LA Times interview with Judy Ruskin

Oral History of Waiting to Exhale on Zora

Great piece on the costumes by Tarisai Ngangura
for Jezebel 

"Sittin' Up in My Room" Music video by Brandy for the film's soundtrack 

For visuals of the costumes, follow us on Instagram at @fishnetflixpod 

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