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.

The Battle for Blood (or time to make the magic)

Big Love. Not that Big Love, but a modern retelling of Aeschylus’ The Suppliants by Charles L. Mee. Not familiar with The Suppliants? Don’t know the plot of Big Love? Click the links above if you want that sort of context, because this is not what this post is about. This post is about blood. Blood….

Red and Circle Mirror Transformation

After a series of terrific preliminary design meetings for two senior project plays directed by Donovan Olsen and Anthony Reale, we send out into the ether our excitement to support the vision that these designers and directors are working so hard to craft!

A Tale of Donations

So often the tale of donations in a costume shop is the tale of sadness. Throughout the years I’ve gotten so many donations from friends and family of clothing and accessories belonging to a loved one recently passed. Universally, these friends and family donate to extend the life of these garments and for them to…

Part 2, Project Runway, Walla Walla edition…

To recap, my astute readers, we left off going through stock and donated wedding dresses and found the following: Yep. We have an Austin Scarlett. Who? You know…Austin Scarlett. A Project Runway Season 1/Project Runway All-Stars… Attention must be paid. Right? Reverence must be given. Right? The past is immutable. A fixed point. Unable to…

Project Runway, Walla Walla edition…

A theatre’s costume shop is powered by donations, always with the best of intentions. Sometimes it is a personal downsizing, sometimes it is a loved one suffering from a loss that wants to gift their clothing to a known space for their things too live anew. Sometimes, as is the gift of a small town,…

And in other costume news…

Preview costumes in progress by designer Deborah Trout for The Turn of the Screw! An unnamed governess travels to an isolated mansion, hired by a mysterious guardian to care for two orphaned children. What follows are a series of increasingly ominous encounters with “the others”—menacing spirits of the manor’s previous staff. Are the ghosts supernatural…

My journey begins…with Whitman AND the HJT

“I sat down and tried to rest. I could not; though I had been on foot all day, I could not now repose an instant; I was too much excited. A phase of my life was closing tonight, a new one opening tomorrow: impossible to slumber in the interval; I must watch feverishly while the…