Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Digest Number 12
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Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Digest Number 12
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> Topics in this digest:
> 1. Re: Introduce Yourself!
> From: Siebel San <siebelsan@...>
> 2. Introducing Tara
> From: "Tara Maginnis, Ph.D., Costume Designer"
> 3. Re: Introducing Tara
> From: Tanja Barnes <tanjab@...>
> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 22:39:42 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Siebel San <siebelsan@...>
> Subject: Re: Introduce Yourself!
> > Name? Jessie
> > Location? PA
> > Mental Age? depends. I was born an adult, but sometimes
> I regress...
> > Do you have a web site? yeah, but it's cheesy and stupid
> and I am hoping no one will ever visit it so it will
> eventually disappear. I plan to put up a new one for my
> costuming business soon though: stay tuned!
> > What is your main interest in costume?
> Medieval/Renaissance/Fantasy I love making unique and
> detailed things - no two of my costumes are ever exactly
> > What are your favorite Costume Movies? 'Midsummer Night's
> Dream', 'Gone With the Wind' (always wanted to make
> Scarlett's BBQ dress), 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves',
> 'Legend', 'Titanic' (and ONLY for the costumes), and a
> million others...
> > What is your favorite historic costume period? lol, just
> about everything between 1200 and 1920.
> > Describe your favorite costume disaster. gosh, there were
> so many I don't know how I live with them...probably the
> taffeta medieval gown I made two years ago with the sleeves
> that just wouldn't fit in the armholes and in turn just
> won't fit the arms and shoulders in them. I am still
> struggling with that to this day
> > What was the worst costume you ever saw at a RenFaire,
> > SCA event,
> > etc.? I can think of anything too horrendous. I guess
> the worst was a Tudor/Elizibethan gown at a Medieval faire.
> And the gown was done in pink and pastel purple ::sigh::
> so completely wrong...
> > What is your favorite weird costume material? cellophane
> baby! and weird stuff out of the floral departments - you
> can have lots of fun with spanish moss and garlands of
> leaves (someone looked at my first fairy costume and
> remarked that I looked like I had gotten into a fight with
> a tree and lost) I do much of my material shopping at yard
> sales, trift shops, salvation army...
> > Describe a costume object or material for which you have
> > searched in
> > vain. 5+ yards (all one piece) of good, heavy,
> old-fashioned brocade. The closest I've come were some old
> red and black brocade curtains. And even then, I can
> usually come up with something close.
> > How you would dress a bridesmaid? In something she could
> actually wear sometime and some place other than the
> Short bio: I am 18 and have been sewing for about a year
> and a half, and while I am not a prodigy, I do seem to have
> some good amount of talent. I am in the process of
> starting a costuming business that specializes in
> medieval/fantasy and unique bridal/prom/evening gowns. My
> goal is to be able to customize to almost any budget (we
> all know the price difference between a gown in velvet and
> a gown in calico, but they can be equally beautiful)
> Anyhow, I work from my dining room, am contemplating
> going to college for costume/fashion design, am engaged
> (I'll be the first to admit I am too young), manage a Pizza
> Hut where I am known as the Sacraficial Virgin, and
> basically live the crazy, hectic teenage life :-)
> All the best,
> "I would die for you." -Kevin Costner, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
> - - - - - - - - - -
> "I've noticed that famous composers in particular hang on for a long time.
Deaf as posts, most of them, when Death comes calling. I expect some god
somewhere finds that very amusing. It's their kind of a joke.*"
> *And course, one that misfires. Deafness doesn't prevent composers from
hearing the music. It prevents them from hearing the distractions.
> - - - - - - - - -
> "If the world could have seen what I have seen, feel what I have felt,
there would be no more war, only love." -MLC
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> Message: 2
> Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 22:19:39 -0800
> From: "Tara Maginnis, Ph.D., Costume Designer" <Tara@...>
> Subject: Introducing Tara
> > Name? Tara Maginnis
> > Location? Fairbanks, Alaska
> > Mental Age? I always wanted to be 41, and now I am.
> > Do you have a web site? http://www.costumes.org
> > What is your main interest in costume? Everything, but I admit to a
> > fetish for 18th Century, how-to info, weird materials, and costume
> > flicks
> > What are your favorite Costume Movies?
> > 1. Dangerous Liaisons, for the detailed decadence
> > 2. Bram Stoker's Dracula, for the non-realistic fantasy goth style
> > 3. The Three Musketeers & The Four Musketeers (Lester) combined, for
> > sheer gorgeousnes
> > 4. My Fair Lady, because Beaton is my deity, and his his version of
> > Ascot is truly surreal
> > 5.Angels and Insects, because the costumes manage to be both highly
> > symbolic and insectoid, while seeming perfectly detailed period
> > realistic clothes.
> > I also have a few that are not my top five but are favorites:
> > Velvet Goldmine, for storytelling quality,
> > And The Ship Sails On for nearly replicating Edward Gorey's style and
> > humor,
> > William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for creating a plausible
> > "world" with style,
> > Flash Gordon=1,000,000 Bugle beads,
> > Star Wars that made a space opera look like plausible reality for the
> > first time,
> > What is your favorite historic costume period?
> 18th Century (all of it), followed by 1914-1920, 1890's, 1500-1530.
> > Describe your favorite costume disaster.
> Our Jesus in JC Superstar was a skinny guy, who decided to "work out"
> and gain weight to "get more buff" for his nearly naked on cross scenes.
> (I don't have to make this up- he used his terrific acting/singing
> talents chiefly to pick up girls). He didn't tell us he was doing this,
> and so by the third weekend of the run had changed sizes. A fact he
> didn't choose to mention. At the pick-up rehearsal, where the High
> School kids from North Pole (ultra fundamentalist conservative Christian
> town next door) were invited, the snaps gave way on his loincloth which
> dropped off while on the cross, showing all the little Christian
> children his "Bike" underwear at the climax.
> > What was the worst costume you ever saw at a RenFaire, SCA event,
> > etc.?
> My favorite, (c. 1978) which lives forever in my mind was a mid
> Elizabethan court lady gown made perfectly in every way of style and
> construction, except that the main fabric was bubble gum pink cotton
> with flocked pink daisies, with a partlet of white cotton with flocked
> bubble gum pink daisies. It filled me with horror at the time, yet now
> I rather wish I had one just for the fun of making Ren Faire
> "authenticity nazis" twitch.
> > What is your favorite weird costume material? There are so many! I'm
> > presently using clear vinyl for The Importance of Being Earnest. I
> > also love carpet and matress foam, insulating foam, t-shirt lights,
> > and above all fabric paint.
> > Describe a costume object or material for which you have searched in
> > vain.
> I really want links for good cheap wigs, costume accessories (glasses,
> gloves, parasols, clown noses, etc.) on the net. The absolute bottom
> end of stuff like they sell at halloween to civilians, but at low
> prices, online, all year.
> > How you would dress a bridesmaid?
> Knowing my friends (costumers and drag queens) I'd say I would try to
> find the most hideous fabric in the most appalling shade, hand each one
> 7 yards of the stuff, and award a prize for the most tasteless outfit by
> vote of the guests. The competition would be insanely fierce, and make
> up for the fact that my likely taste in bridal gown would be either
> extreme of sedate reusable suit or over the top absurd costume
> extravaganza in bubble wrap.
> ----Tara Maginnis, Ph.D., Costume Designer/Associate Professor
> Theatre UAF/The University of Alaska Fairbanks
> Come see one of the web's largest costume sites
> "The Costumer's Manifesto" at http://www.costumes.org
> More costume site than you can surf in a day.
> See also http://moviefans.to/MenWithBigHair (The Costume Movie Site)
> and http://visit.to/TheCostumeShop (The UAF Costume Department Online)
> Message: 3
> Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 23:25:37 -0700
> From: Tanja Barnes <tanjab@...>
> Subject: Re: Introducing Tara
> >I really want links for good cheap wigs, costume accessories (glasses,
> >gloves, parasols, clown noses, etc.) on the net. The absolute bottom
> >end of stuff like they sell at halloween to civilians, but at low
> >prices, online, all year.
> Maybe http://www.francoamericannovelty.com/ can help.
> Good luck, m'dear.
> All da best from
> Da Bomb!
> I don't know what you mean by cheap but Lacey Fashions out of NYC make
all kinds of wigs and they start at $3.25 for bargain afros in real colors
or clown to some fun Marie Attoinette high wigs for about $30 .00 that are
hollow inside and have curls around a stiff netting of some sort. They have
a catalogue that is only line drawings but say things near the pictures like
Joan Crawford or Bette Davis or Beast (as in Beauty and the---) , or judge
Ito when he was popular. They have some great "little women " wigs , center
part with curls to the sholder. I accuse them of living in the UPS building
because I get things in Pa. about 2 or no more than 3 days after I call .
The number is 1-800-562-9911. Don't get bent out of shape if they are a bit
abrupt. During Halloween the y must be crazy busy, also I think as Hasidic
Jewish men they can not get too familiar. That said they know me every time
I call even though there are months in between. They are pretty good at what
Also , Morris Costumes claims that they are the largest costume
company in the states. They have pretty good prices and things are usually
in stock. They have everything from $2000. gorillas to 30 cent clown noses.
They just put out a new catalogue and they are also a good suplier for magic
supplies. If you remember the early commercials on TV eaons ago where the
bellhop is walking through the hotel saying "Call for Phillip Morris". a
brand of cigarette? The bell hop is on the front cover and probably in his
70s . He was interested in magic all those years and he and his wife built
up the costume business in Charlotte , N.C.