Oh, how I miss you so!

Western Costume. I suppose that there are spaces that people imagine hold all of the answers to a multitude of questions… alien landings, where the Holy Grail is stored, the street address that Elvis currently lives on… But for me, the space where my historical imagination made manifest is Western Costume.

!!?!??!! Pitchy?

A little something-something for all of my Friday afternoon costume shop artisans busting hump to get ready for a Sunday first dress… Have a wonderful 3-day, Whitman scholars!

Couldn’t we all use a chatelaine?

I… CAN explain… Why I hear the name of this item from fashion history and, instead, this voice / song swells in my mind palace… Please know that I am working to keep my tendency to digress at a minimum, but also working to keep my tendency to “K.D. Lang free associate” to a minimum…

Strange Day…

Look who was hanging out in men’s hat storage in the HJT…. It has been a strange one. Everyone I encountered remarked that the day wasn’t the best or upon its strangeness. From snowfall during a lecture, distracting all, to a broken tooth (thank you-not thank you Bon Appetite), I was hunkering down for the…

Redux with The Favourite and Sandy Powell

Museum reproduction or service to the script? Pardon????? I’m confused… I thought this post was about the costumes in this movie. This is neither bait and switch, nor loquacious speech that you have to wade through before you get to the damn recipe. (We’ve been there too often, right?) Bear with me, because I do…

What is a patten? (Or a bit of the old to take you into the new year)

If we travel through time moving backwards from today, we have to begin with golashes to end with pattens. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, golashes are: waterproof shoes, usually made of rubber, which you wear over your ordinary shoes to prevent them from getting wet. Perhaps you’ve seen these in a thrift store, vintage store,…

Inside The Lives Of Entertainment Riggers: Tora La Rosa

TheatreArtLife has connected with a number of Entertainment Riggers across the globe to bring you their stories, experience and advice on the very crucial roles and responsibilities Riggers hold in today’s industry. Tora La Rosa is currently based in Montreal but this woman is truly a global rigger, having taken projects in some of the…

If Beale Street Could Talk

From the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora… We did not shy away from color and the color is dialed up in the movie, absolutely. Read about the costume design for If Beale Street Could Talk here: Update 1/3/19-And again via Hollywood Reporter here: Costume designer Caroline Eselin-Schaefer and costume illustrations courtesy of Robin Richesson.