Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] a giant gripe, just need to let off steam
- As promised an update. he didn't show up for the fitting. Apparently when
I retook his waist and chest measurement yesterday, he thought that was all
I needed him for. not like he's going to be CLOTHED in this play at all.
And since it was 5:45 when I called him, and it takes him an hour to get
here and he has rehearsal at 7 I said screw it and rescheduled.
Since when do taking measurements constitute a fitting? I am having a bad
>From: "theresa b" <trinithree@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] a giant gripe, just need to let off
>Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 14:09:38 -0400
>Wow thanks alot Nathan! that's really useful to know.
>An update, I've scoured our stock and found suits where the jacket and vest
>will work, ut the pants worry me. I have a fitting with him tonight,
>I'lllet you know how it goes.
> >From: Nathan Martin <martin_nate@...>
> >Reply-To: TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
> >To: TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
> >Subject: Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] a giant gripe, just need to let off
> >Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 07:32:07 -0700 (PDT)
> >Don't forget to check out rental houses. They've
> >really come through for me in similar circumstances!
> >Since you're designing at school, you could check out
> >TDF Costume Collection in New York. Their rentals are
> >fairly inexpensive, as they rent only to non-profit
> >groups. Their number is (212) 989-5855.
> >Another place that's pretty sure to have what you need
> >would be Dodger Costumes also in NY. (800) 723-1069.
> >Their rentals are a bit more expensive, but it's
> >pretty likely that they'd have something.
> >A few other rental houses that I've used:
> >The Costumer
> >Broadway Costumes
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- on 6/14/01 5:09 PM, theresa b at trinithree@... wrote:
> As promised an update. he didn't show up for the fitting. Apparently whenfor a job interview at a community theatre. You've reminded me of one of
> I retook his waist and chest measurement yesterday, he thought that was all
> I needed him for. not like he's going to be CLOTHED in this play at all.
> And since it was 5:45 when I called him, and it takes him an hour to get
> here and he has rehearsal at 7 I said screw it and rescheduled.
> Since when do taking measurements constitute a fitting? I am having a bad
> Oh, the joys of working with actors! I'm flying to Texas in less than a week
the downsides to this profession.
Ummm, I am not sure if this will help but I have dressed men of similar sizes. One even bigger with a tum of 147cm (about 58 inches I think ). I am not sure if you have acccess to big TV production houses as sometimes they have the bigger stuff at resonable prices to hire, we found a couple of suits for my fellow in one.
>From: "theresa b"
>Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] a giant gripe, just need to let off steam
>Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 22:20:18 -0400
>Okay so I am designing a production of Neil Simon's broadway Bound and the
>director cast a huge man in the role of Jack, the working class husband. He
>has a 49 inch chest and a 48 inch waist. And I am supposed to somehow find
>a suit for this man. And the play is set in 1949. It's hard enough finding
>good vintage for men, now I have a huge man to dress. What in God's name am
>I going to do? This man is much bigger than any of the suits I have found
>and believe me I am looking. RRRRRRGGGHH. men are so difficult. I have
>another 4 weeks and I already have the women all but done. But the men?
>Forget about it. I find one or two pieces at the stores I go to, nothing to
>actually complete a look. This is only the seocnd show I hav ever
>designed...so I'm not too familiar with good vintage sources. Can't do
>e-bay because my school has no corporate charge account and I have no
>credit. So what do I do? Why is he so big? ARrrrrgh!
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- Titi-- as a costumer for a community theatre group, I have for the past 10
years, been included as part of the production team. The cast is assembled
and made aware of what I expect from them. Co-operation...( needs another
fitting please slip it on and don't gripe about it )patience...if the outfit
I hand you needs work and I don't hand it back the next day, please be
assured you will not be going to dress rehearsal naked... truth ( as in ..if
it doesn't feel right and you keep it to yourself it's your tough luck! ) and
a sense of humor...now and then my brain slips out and I'll hand an actor a
really yukky costume and they will look at me and ask " really?" and I will
reply "nope just kidding!"
Just finished Victor/Victoria and 2 weeks before we open,the director calls
and says we are replacing an actor a 42 reg. coat 36w x 34 length pants with
a 62 chest 62 w x 36 length pants. After I finished asking if he was insane,
I looked in my show notes to find he needed a Tuxedo and a zoot suit he was
playing a gangster. I looked in Vogue and bought the largest pattern
available...and made it larger. It took awhile, BUT, he was dressed in a
zoot suit for openning night and looking good. I rented the tux.
Official Pig Chaser P.I.## ~to the GSOLFOT
- The most difficult time I had was doing a production of Puccini's
Madama Butterfly. I had done 4 other productions of it that year
alone and didn't think much of it until the director said he wanted
it completely historically accurate. Again, I thought it would be ok
since we had a much bigger budget.
I am used to chubby singers who claim it's your costume making them
look dumpy because "I HAVE a waist, you know," but I was completely
unprepared for finding 60 real kimono large enough to fit American
opera singers! Well, I learned more about kimono than I ever thought
I'd know, undergarments, what to wear to what occasion and how to
move properly in them - I even learned to tie 4 different styles of
We did manage to get by, hoping most of our Asian audience wouldn't
notice the larger ladies were wearing men's kimono. And our
Butterfly was so large we had to "import" a fabulous artist to make
her a second act kimono from scratch. For the largest of our ladies,
we had to dress them as missionaries.
But after all was said and done, I must say it was the most beautiful
production it has ever been my pleasure to be involved in - as a
singer, costumer, or what-have-you!