Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bits and Bobs

*  The first full length preview of Disney's live action Cinderella is out and wow, has it got cool costumes!

It's a mash up historical styles in vibrant technicolors with a whole host of styles that should appeal to costumers.  Check out some stills and an article on the costume here on Vogue and more stills here from Tom and Lorenzo.

* I was sad to miss the Colonial Williamsburg Symposium on Hair and Headdresses, word around the blogosphere was that it was a pretty fab event.  But CW has another interesting symposium coming up in March of next year Stitching Together a National Identity, which asks the question - what makes American quilts, clothing and needlework distinctly American?

*  I know it's not for everyone but I really enjoy the wacked out costumes of American Horror Story.  You can read some behind the scenes info with the costumer of the show, Lou Eyrich, here.

*  There have been scant few pictures of costumes from Game of Thrones upcoming season 5, but I was psyched to see this batch of pretty large images of a few of the characters in Dorne.

*  Thanks to The Costumer's Guide to Movie Costumes for the heads up on these sneak peeks of Mia Wasikowska in Through the Looking Glass.

Monday, November 17, 2014

My other costuming

As much as I love historic costumes and media recreations I also love the crazy street costumes that come with the wacky events that San Francisco, and now LA, have to offer.  Some of my first costuming creations were made for events that the San Francisco Cacophony Society had back in the late 80s and early 90s. Midnight laundry parties, cemetery poetry readings, the BART lounge and of course Burning Man.  I haven't been to Burning Man in many years now but went many times in the early-mid 90s.

This weekend was the Pasadena Doo-Dah Parade, which I love in part because it reminds me so much of those old Cacophony events.  Just a bunch of random weirdness, art, humor and fun. So despite my twisting my ankle the day before I wasn't about to miss it!  My husband wore his Heisenberg costume, my younger son wore his 10th Doctor suit, my older just wore a fez and I wore a top hat and tails.

We saw all sorts of craziness, among other things- Furries, motorized han, "billionaires," a ton of art cars and bearded ladies.

There's a grand tradition at Doo-Dah of throwing tortillas like frisbees at everyone, so there was a lot of that too, which the boys loved.  I can't wait til next year!

Then last night my husband and I went to see Re-Animator, the Musical.  We'd actually seen it twice before but kind of like Rocky Horror, it's one of those things that just gets better each time you see it.  We wore our lab coats and best evil scientist expressions and got there early enough to sit in the "splatter zone."  And get splattered we did.  You haven't lived til you've seen a guy singing "My Way" while wrestling a pile of squirting guts on stage.