Sunday, December 21, 2008

Finalist for Supima competition

There's a new Supima Runway Competition and
I am one of the finalists.

I am designing two new evening wear looks; one in a
black cotton knit and
the other in a lovely deep red cotton knit.

Both are for Fall 2009 and I'll be adding them to my web site

The show takes place at Gotham Hall in NYC on January 14th.

Read more here:

You'll see an animated version of my denim goddess gown
on the right hand side, my entry
in last July's show.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Angels Vintage Sale

I went to the Angels Vintage Sale in London to shop for my play that is moving to Broadway.

It started at 9 AM in an industrial park in Wembley and I was so excited (and nervous I wouldn't wake with the alarm) that I woke at 3 AM. I arrived at the warehouse at 6:45 AM and I could see the front door so I felt pretty good. I also had a really great group of people ahead of me including Cherine, a schoolteacher and another costume designer.

Some people had waited all night long and brought sleeping bags and chairs. It was really cold and I'm glad I brought my hand warmers.

It would have been nice to get an advance peek or get VIP status, being a costume designer and all, as well as traveling all the way from New York City. Instead I was told that I would be disappointed by the sale and that it was not for professional designers.

The good news is that I found loads of 1940's dresses and about 5 coats and that's not including the military coat I will be needing for the play.

I bought lots of bags and headed straight back to the 1920-50's and for the first 15 minutes I was actually able to grab wardrobe that looked decent. I had no time to measure anything and most of the boxes were not labeled at all. They had "sorted" written in magic marker. Good thing I know the difference between 1930's and 1940's!

Once I had about 18 bags filled and the room filled up to capacity I decided I'd better look at the military uniforms. There were loads of uniforms, but by 9:30 each room was packed.

The guards said they would let blocks of people in to shop but people were being let in continuously until it became one big giant push and I could not move at all. That's when I began to feel sick and claustrophobic.

Outside again I felt completely relieved but had no idea what I had grabbed, but back in my hotel room after sorting my piles, I felt great. It was so worth it!

Most of the items need cleaning and mending but they'll work for my play and it was an amazing adventure.

You can read more and see the video at

If you see Susie's video I'm wearing the mad bomber hat at the front of the line... so you can see the back of me for a quick second.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Chanel-Art in Central Park

The Chanel exhibit is housed in Zaha Hadid's pavilion.

It's an incredible experience with sound by Stephan Crasneanscki
and narration by the wonderful actress Jeanne Moreau.

This is one of the first rooms and one of
my favorite pieces.

Tabaimo's "At the bottom"
Images are projected on the inside well, the walls are
reminiscent of the quilting of the Chanel bag and the space suggests the depth of the bag.

Sylvie Fleury

The wishing tree

The mirrored house-used for private parties.

New York City fashion designer, Astrid Brucker, has a line called astridland, featuring clothing, handbags, scarves and jewelry.

Monday, October 13, 2008

astridland in Level Magazine

Photographer: Toto Cullen

I styled an editorial shoot for Level Magazine, and my paisley print wrap top was featured.

The magazine is out this month-see the layout online at:

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Irena's Vow

Tovah as "Irena" and Tom as "Major Rugemeyer"

Director, Michael Parva

Costumes designed by Astrid Brucker

Irena’s Vow is the riveting, life affirming story about one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. During the German occupation of Poland, Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish catholic, was forced to work as head housekeeper to a German major. Over a two year period of service, Irena would risk her own life in order to protect the lives of twelve Jewish refugees whom she secretly took under her care.

Tovah and I at the Opening Night Party
at the Polish Consulate

-Willborn Hampton, The New York Times

Surprising, suspenseful, and heart-stopping.
There's no denying the emotional power of this miraculous story!"
-Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger

A powerful and surprising drama. Tovah Feldshuh
delivers a fiercely moving and funny performance."
-Frank Scheck, New York Post

-David Finkle,

Tovah Feldshuh is exhilarating and remarkable!"
-Mark Blankenship, Variety

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

astridland in WWD!

astridland evening dresses featured
in the inaugural Supima Fashion Show
on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
at Gotham Hall in New York City

astridland sky blue draped neckline cotton knit dress with asymmetrical sash

back view

astridland midnight denim goddess dress
accentuates the shoulders

and closes with two front zippers

back view

This dress got a mention in WWD as being a standout dress!
I'm also on the front and back cover of the latest Supima magazine.