Urban safari.

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So labeled because some of our locations were much lusher in foliage than one would expect to find in the middle of a huge metropolis. Sadly, I did not get a snapshot of the fox that apparently crossed the path of one of the groups headed home after our twilight/night shoot day.  

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Road trip!

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This past Friday, we shot at Fort Horsted, a renovated Napoleonic fort that now houses a business center and event space. I do love when we are allowed out on a day pass 😀 Not only did we get a cool tour of the creepy old underground tunnels and bunkers, but I finally got a chance to get out of the city for a while! Given, Kent isn’t exactly a long distance away, but it was still fun and different. Here are some pictures and video from location — not really costume-related, but still work-related in that I wouldn’t have …

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International Costumer of Mystery

Hmm. I’ve decided to change the name of my film projects category from “Hollywooded” to “Last Looks”, in recognition of the fact that I am no longer confined to one city for my costuming ventures. Whee! (And no, we didn’t have that many costumes for this particular film, thankfully. It’s rare that an entire project’s worth can fit on one rail, so I had to take a picture to chronicle it.) The comfy little studio we shot at earlier this week. The notes for this post say that I’m supposed to talk here about the fashiony-costumey stuff that I’ve been …

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The Robe, Resurrected.

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Right. So a few of you may know that I got my start in costuming with an oddly coincidental yet completely unrelated series of short films. Much of this was owed to my design school counselors trying to find me gigs that would suit my interest in period pieces, and the fact that many period pieces produced by film schools lately seem to focus on racial issues. Whatever the case was, my first few projects as a designer ended up consisting of — and I call them by these names fondly, because I did learn a ton from every single …

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The mind boggles.

Just got off the phone with an actor who claims he does not own a single pair of jeans. No, really, WTF? Usually jeans are just about the one thing they *do* wear. And they have, like, 60 pairs of them. I am mentally incapable of imagining a jean-prohibiting actor. I mean, wouldn’t you at least have a basic pair for the sake of closet variety, even if it’s not a staple? I kinda almost hope that he’s just trying to pull a fast one on me in the hopes of getting to keep wardrobe after the project. Which, of …

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Antsy.

Am kinda nervous right now because am being considered for a project that could either be extremely cool or extremely horrific, depending on the answers I get to the questions I just sent off. New projects are always this odd waltz of carefully worded queries and compromises, testing and negotiations. And that’s before you even get to the interview portion. Especially given the low rate of these things even making it to completion in one piece. I should really just stop hitting refresh on my email and go read a book. Right. Taking my own advice.

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When it rains…

o.O Looks like the summer filming rush is on. After going for months barely scraping by and anticipating a shiny new future in office administration, three emails for various projects landed in my box this past week, on top of the current feature commitment, with a vague promise of something pretty huge later this year. Go figure. And to think, I’ve gone a whole two months without heavy caffeine and went through the miserable withdrawal process figuring I’d finally get a normal schedule sorted out. Digging up all my supplies from storage is gonna be a bitch. Eh. This town …

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Costuming Pet Peeves.

You know what really bugs me? People who hire you as a consultant because of your specialty in historical costume, then refuse to believe you when you tell them that poor people from centuries ago did NOT change their clothes every day. Or even every week. Or wash them overly often, for that matter. Because, y’know, sometimes they only HAD two outfits. And because a lot of times washing meant taking things apart and then having to sew them together afterward, which got rather time-consuming when you were busy trying to not die of poverty. Just sayin’. *twitch*

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Ima

Here’s a USC project from early 2008. The concentration camp pajamas were rentals, but Nazi boy was pretty much pieced together and homemade. Artistic license was taken with historical accuracy for the sake of giving a quickly recognizable visual imprint since it was such a short piece. It does have something of an allegorical feel to it as a result. Given the tiny amounts of time and budget they were working with, I think the result was great. Miss Keva was on set supervising that day, since I was in the middle of another project. This would also be the …

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Sila Nerangalil – Cellphonai

Reposting this because the original post in my old journal was locked and got corrupted in the transfer. This is a YouTube stream of a Bollywood-style music video I wardrobed on a couple years ago. Forget safety pins when you’re working with very active barefooted dancers — these girls had to be sewn into their costumes just like back in the day. A bit hectic and stressful, but that’s par for the course. The shiny prettiness definitely helped make it up 🙂 And as for the subject matter? Well, what dude’s dream doesn’t involve saving a factory full of beautiful female workers and making them into veil-clad belly-dancing vixens who like to shimmy around him? *cough*

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