Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Dusting off the Cobwebs... With Costume Crazy! Mwahaha!

The lost blogger returns at last! Gosh, and it's nearly the end of July, and so much has gone by already. Kinda scary, in retrospect. Anyhoo. I have photos of York Mystery play goodness stashed up for an update tomorrow, but for now, here is a long-promised photo-overload of Costume Hire goodness!

My Current Project: The Pink Floofy 1840s Dress of Doom

One of my injokes in the Royal Exchange about this dress is 'Barbie Dickens' - or what the Mean Girl teenagers of the 1840s were wearing back then. Can't you just see Fanny from North and South in it? Or Blanche Ingram from Jane Eyre? This dress just screams 'evil blonde!' It also slightly looks like every pretty princess dress I drew under the age of ten. It's also made for a Twiglet - the actress' costumes are often seriously undernourished!

I am currently razzmatazzing this dress up with acres and acres of pink rose trim - only the bodice came from a previous production, and the skirt was made up by someone way more talented than I am! You can see the mend rail in the background where we put wrecks of items that need some serious costume resuscitation.

Costume Racks of Droolsomeness

In other words, the never-ending dress up box of period win. What you can see down the aisle is the amount of party frocks, period gown, wench outfits and medieval cloaks - like a Time Lord's wardrobe, except with more repairs. There's dressing gowns at the other end, as well as some decidedly Blackadder- style medieval menswear. On your right at the front of the picture is the start of the Edwardian section - that floating piece of blue tulle? None other than a Titanic deck dress rip off!

There They Blow! T'is The White Crinoline!

Behold, the petticoat rack! Possibly it has some sort of mystical Melville-esque significance. Not personally quite sure of that myself, but there's a lot of them. We have to get them down with a hook on a pole that actually does look rather like a harpoon, because they're too damn big to store on the floor. Some of them have colour and are jazzy 50s twirly petticoats. Other are steel-hooped Scarlett O' Hara monstrosities. Either way, they're huge!

Hats, Jewels, and Pinstripe Trousers
Gaze upon the not-very-mighty aisle of bits and pieces! The hats are pretty cool - there are Catherine of Aragon hoods and big 'My Fair Lady' hats all practically squashed up next to each other. Alas, no coifs or wimples of a roughly Tu Salus Fidelium period - with Shakespeare it queens and nobility, take it or leave it, baby! The thin sliver of rack to the right of this badly angled photo in the somewhat boring mens section - rows of pinstripe trousers, linen suits and tweed jackets. There are some Mr Darcy coats along there, which I shall reveal another photo day....

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