Roza Melkumyan 30 posts
As a member of the FF2 Media team, Roza writes features and reviews and coaches other associates and interns. She joined the team as an intern during her third year of study at New York University. There she individualized her major and studied narrative through a cultural lens and in the mediums of literature, theatre, and film. At school, Roza studied abroad in Florence and London, worked as a Resident Assistant, and workshopped a play she wrote and co-directed. After graduating, she spent six months in Spain teaching English and practicing her Spanish. In 2019, she spent a year in Armenia teaching university English as a Fulbright scholar. She has continued to live in Armenia, and loves every second of it. Her love of film has only grown over the years, and she is dedicated to providing the space necessary for female filmmakers to prosper.

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The Ladies Have Spoken: Support for American Industry & Unity Shine In a Sea of Blues and Purples

Not even the chill of mid-January could stop our D.C. ladies from shining in their brightly colored coats at the Inauguration of our 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden. Bundled up in their warm winter gear, masks, and gloves, they communicated through clothing alone. From Dr. Jill Biden to Michelle Obama, here is a guide to all the ceremony’s fabulous looks and what they signify for the presidential term to come. 
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Dr. Jill Biden’s Inauguration Fashion Conveys Unity & Learning While Championing the Work of American Designers

On a brisk winter’s day in January, the 46th president, Joe Biden, was sworn into office. Standing at his side in turquoise was our new First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Her impeccably tailored tweed coat is a Markarian original designed by Alexandra O’Neill, who also created its matching ocean-colored dress. O’Neill founded the luxury womenswear label in 2017 with the idea of combining celestial romanticism and timeless designs that maintain sustainability. Dr. Biden’s ensemble was designed and produced by O’Neill and her team in New York City’s Garment District.
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Makeup Artist Angela Wells on the Looks of ‘Promising Young Woman’

Nominated for four Golden Globes, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020) has generated quite the buzz. In this dark comedy thriller, a young woman named “Cassie” (Carey Mulligan) seeks to avenge the rape of her childhood friend by making predatory men pay for their actions. Along with clothing, makeup plays a key role in Cassie’s game. I recently spoke with the film’s head makeup artist Angela Wells about the work that went into creating Cassie’s iconic looks.
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The Clothing Tells the Story: Costume Designer Nancy Steiner on ‘Promising Young Woman’

Nominated for four Golden Globes, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020) has generated quite the buzz. In this dark comedy thriller, a young woman named “Cassie” (Carey Mulligan) seeks to avenge the rape of her childhood friend by making predatory men pay for their actions. Clothing plays a key role in Cassie’s game, as they lure those men into her trap. I recently had the privilege of talking to costume designer Nancy Steiner about the work that went into creating these iconic costumes.
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The Clothing Tells the Story: a Look at the Costumes of ‘Promising Young Woman’

Recently, the Hollywood Foreign Press released their nominations for this year’s upcoming Golden Globes ceremony. Women artists – especially women artists of color – are snubbed so regularly by these organizations that it’s become expected. And of course, I have my opinions on who was cheated this time around and who did not deserve the nominations they did get (Emily in Paris? Really?). But there did come one welcome surprise this year: Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020) and its four nominations, including for Best Drama Motion Picture and Best Director. Before the buzz around this dark-comedy thriller subsides, and since I’ve been writing so much lately about costume design, I thought I’d talk about its costumes, which play a key role in the film’s storytelling.
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Melanie Grant’s ‘Coveted’ Puts Jewelry – As an Applied Art – into Conversation with Culture, the Self, and Storytelling in Media

Apart from jewelers themselves, nobody is quite as familiar with jewelry, its uses, symbolism, and history as journalist and writer Melanie Grant. In her book, Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry (2020), she offers a comprehensive look at jewelry as an art. Her commentary, along with that of successful jewelers, fosters an appreciation for the craft and sparks a conversation on its role in society. Throughout her musings, Grant explores jewelry’s commercialist undercurrent, which quietly undermines its artistic integrity by discouraging freedom and innovation.
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