Posts from ‘Costumes’
We are working on this year’s Circus Smirkus costumes at the studio. It is my 6th year designing and making costumes for the whole production. It’s an intensely creative time, and just about the only time of year where I make anything for men. This year’s theme has me working with a lot of green fabric…every shade of green. On studio days, I find myself wearing green from head to toe. Not even on purpose!
Below are two pictures from past years. I was particularly fond of the purple tunic with gold painted circles and cutout holes.
I will post pictures later in the summer once I am allowed to. For now, it is all top secret.
Here are three of the drummers from ODAYA wearing costume sleeves I designed for them. They performed last night at the Rialto theatre for a Women’s day concert. They were fantastic. I admire the work they do and love the music they make. I guess you could say I am a fan.
I feel honoured to have made them these red ribbon sleeves. I felt it was important to decorate the part of their bodies that are in motion when they drum. They looked graceful and powerful. Below they are doing a song together with Maha choir and other musicians from the whole evening. It was a great finale!
This project started with a phone call. Can I make a mermaid dress for a graduation in New Jersey? Sure.
Grace had been a client last summer. We met at my boutique when she purchased a long black dress with a pink flower print that I designed. She told me she would be graduating in the study of Fish oils and omega-6. Wow! What we needed was a fish dress, not a mermaid costume. I was very concerned that we make her a dress she could wear again to other occasions.
I started by researching images and colours for Fish oils.
I wanted to build a colour palette around a small piece of “fish scale” fabric that I had designed 10 years ago while working as a textile designer for Tricots Liesse. I guess I saved it for a special occasion like this.
I was able to make a pair of long opera sleeves, so the dress would be sleeveless and floor length.
Below you can see the sleeves and the fabric choices, as well as some small silver fish I made out of silk, but didn’t use for the final dress.
I cut silk chiffon into bias strips and notched them. This was the water. On the final dress I distressed the chiffon slightly with a spray bottle of water and frayed the edges a bit.
I found three little green glass fish beads! Yoohoo! Combined with hours of setting Svarovsky crystals, we have ourselves a gala dress!
I am so excited! This painting is wonderful and colourful and contains one of my dresses! Today Johanne rang my doorbell asking me to come upstairs to her painting studio to see her latest piece. She was just finishing up. She hadn’t even signed it yet. Months and months ago, she borrowed some of my runway dresses for inspiration.
When I saw the painting I screamed!
This is the original dress. Actually it’s a skirt. Johanne’s model is wearing it all the way up as a bustier-dress for her painting.
And here is the artist herself. Johanne Cullen
Below is another painting that she did based on the same skirt, but she changed the original colours.