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Fashion and Costume exhibits for every Clotheshorse IV.

Are you looking to expand your mind and visual costume vocabulary? Why not take a look at some of these amazing museum exhibits that 2017 has to offer!

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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.


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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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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The Gal-lery: Frances Glessner Lee.

Do you like to watch real-life mystery, crime and forensic programs, or are you a fan of any number of serialized, fictional television shows that rely heavily on crime scene and forensic investigation? Does the name Frances Glessner Lee ring any bells for you? Yes? Awesome! No? Well, it didn’t for me, either, until I watched a fascinating little documentary called Of Dolls & Murder.

You might now be wondering exactly how it is that Glessner Lee fits into the world of art and design, but all one must do is take a look at part of her legacy—a collection of 18 or 19 (sources differ as to the actual number) dollhouse-like dioramas, diminutive masterpieces known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death— to realize that not only was this woman a visionary who was ahead of her time while challenging the male-dominated world of police work and crime-solving, but that she was also an artisan in her own respect.

Glessner Lee at work on one of her crime scene miniatures. Source.
Glessner Lee at work on one of her crime scene miniatures. Source.

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Character Makeover– Part II.

Last month, utilizing Raven from the Teen Titans, I introduced the subject of how to take an established character and make it your own by altering the character’s appearance to suit your tastes, a specific time period and/or genre. I’ll periodically refer back to Part I, but I won’t rehash everything; the first installment can be read here.

The stage for my version of the Teen Titans was set in a late nineteenth century/early twentieth century, and, continuing with that theme, Beast Boy will be the next participant in my redesign project.


NOTE: 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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Character makeover– Part I.

Do you have a character whom you really adore? Is there a genre, style or time period that you also admire? Would you like to combine these ideas into a unique costume design, but aren’t sure how or where to get started? Over the next couple of months, I’m going to be demonstrating, using the techniques I use as a professional designer, how one can go about creating her or his own individual take on a character.

For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to take an existing team of characters—the Teen Titans— and, over the course of the next several weeks, give Beastboy, Cyborg, Raven, Robin and Starfire each a makeover. For even greater simplification, I’m utilizing the animated series as the main basis for my inspiration. When all of the characters are through with their costume re-design, I’ll [hopefully] have a cohesive unit, which is an important component in any sort of design, but especially so in costume design.


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