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CUT! Costume and the Cinema: A review.

It’s been a busy summer for this costume designer, between mounting shows and traveling to various museums for costume and fashion exhibits. While some shows have been hit-and-miss, I never regret seeing what new museums have to offer!

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Most recently, my co-workers and I trekked up to Sandwich, Massachusetts to visit the beautiful Heritage Museums & Gardens to see the CUT! Costume and the Cinema show. It was pretty exquisite– keep reading to find-out more about the exhibition and the museum!

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Vesture Vocab II: Lexical Decorations for your Costumes and Conversations

Welcome to round two of Vesture Vocab! As always, I hope to inspire your cosplay and costume imagination through uncommon or unfamiliar terms from a period of fashion’s history. Just like design details enhance an outfit, interesting words strengthen an individual’s lexicon. So feel free to use these apparel expressions in either capacity!

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Last time, I introduced the terms like farthingale, fibula and fichu,  and their possible uses  in your dress-up wardrobe. Keep reading for this month’s ensemble edification on coif, epaulette, fillet, kirtle, and poulaine.

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Character Makeover: Alan M. Mayberry and Alexander Cabot III.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycatsWelcome to the second installment of DG’s Josie and the Pussycats makeover! In a previous article, I discussed the roaring 20’s inspiration and some of the guidelines for this particular character redesign. Last month I unveiled Alexandra Cabot’s new look. Now it’s the boys’ turn for their transformation!

Trying to mimic Scooby Doo’s success, the creators of Josie and the Pussycats chose a style similar to that of the Mystery Machine gang. Perennial voice actor favorite Casey Kasem even voiced both Shaggy from Scooby Doo and Alexander from Josie. This style choice altered some of the characteristics of Alan and especially Alexander from their comic-book personas.  However, their positions in the group didn’t change: Alan is still a roadie and periodic love interest for Josie, and Alexander is the group’s manager. Using these two very basic descriptions of these characters, I’ll next delve into how to fit them into their new 1920s looks.

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Five great books on fashion and costume!

It’s no secret that I love fashion and costume— both their current trends and impact, in addition to the history behind clothing, are vastly interesting topics! Likewise, I have a keen passion for books! Thus, I have accrued quite a collection of the printed word in regards to what we wear and why we wear it.

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!

If you’re looking for a fashion book for either informative purposes or simply to look at its lovely pictures, check out some of these suggestions!

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Character Makeover: Alexandra Cabot

Every protagonist needs a foil and, for Josie McCoy of the eponymous group Josie and the Pussycats, we have the pot-stirring, skunk-haired Alexandra Cabot and her ne’er-do-well pet, Sebastian the Cat.

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Referring back to my previous article about the new direction of Character Makeover, I’m delving into the 1920s for inspiration to give Alexandra and the Pussycat gang a flapper-era-influenced look!

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Character Makeover Foxtrots into the Twenties!

…the 1920s, that is, not the 2020’s which, crazily enough, are almost upon us. Yikes!

The 1920s are one of my favorite eras of costume history, and, in general, just plain history. Why is that? Well, for starters, the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18th, 1920, granting American Women the right to vote, which was only one very small step in the infinite staircase of women’s equality. Of course, one usually can’t think of the 1920s without also considering that pesky 18th Amendment that had been ratified in January of the same year, enacting the Prohibition (Temperance and the Suffragettes often went hand-in-hand), which was thusly amended to end in 1933, in part to help create jobs and revenue to combat The Great Depression.

So, what does this have to to with Character Makeover? Keep on reading to find out!

Life cover by John Held, Jr. 1926
Sooo, it’s not the foxtrot. Life cover by John Held, Jr. 1926

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Harry Potter: Behind the Seams

Judianna Makovsky, Lindy Hemming and Jany Temime. Who are the people behind these names, and what do they mean to the Harry Potter movie world? These happen to be the women responsible for designing the costumes for the magical film franchise.

As I’ve previously mentioned: Costuming is a silent, visual and psychological force when you’re watching something, be it in a movie, a television show or on stage at a theatre. Along with the other technical aspects of a production, costuming is a necessary, integral part of a person’s viewing experience, as it helps do things like set the time period, location and mood of whatever it is you’re watching. Costumes can also give the viewer clues as to who the characters are, what their occupations may be, and can even influence how we feel toward certain characters, depending upon color, fabric and garment choices.

Thus, in order to make a macrocosm like the Harry Potter universe believable, the details separating muggles from magical beings can be seen in just about everything, including how the costume designers decided to dress all of those lovable, irascible, heroic, and/or contentious characters.

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Character Makeover– Part VI.

Welcome to my sixth and final installment of my Teen Titans (the 2003-2007 animated series) character makeover project. Sixth installment, you say? Well, yes, as I’ve decided to bookend the series with a makeover for Terra,  despite her complicated relationship with our team of young, intrepid heroes.

Terra in action! Source.
Terra in action! Source.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that this is just my process, it’s not the only process! Also, depending upon the project, the order in which I proceed may differ.

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Getting ahead[-piece].

Ever thought about a Star Wars-esque cosplay of Queen Amidala in one of her ornate, over-the-top, regal outfits? Perhaps a The Emperor’s New Groove’s Kuzco costume is more your speed. Or, maybe you have an OC that has some awesome millinery, but you’re just not sure how or where to get started on such a project. Well, hopefully this tutorial will be of some assistance!

This summer’s productions have taken me a little out of my comfort zone as a costume designer, which is great in the long run, as it helps me to build and develop new skills. Plus, with the amount of trial-and-error that occurred, my projects also taught me a lot about what doesn’t work, which, while frustrating at the time (for myself and the people assisting me), is beneficial going forward.

Unfortunately, this falls into the 'didn't quite work-out' category...
Unfortunately, this falls into the ‘error’ category…

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Fashion, costume and historical garb: Museum exhibits for every clotheshorse!

I could wander at length around most museums,  finding endless, personal, and silent entertainment in what is on view. Personally, a great collection or exhibit has the ability to both exhilarate and to exhaust the mind; the inspiration I glean is abundant and utterly gratifying in the most sublime of manners.

There happen to be an amazing array of fashion and historic costume-inspired exhibits that are currently on view, or are slated for dates within the next year. Keep on reading to discover a few of the gems that I am really excited about!

Pardon my haste... I have a date at the museum!
Pardon my haste… I have a date at the museum!

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