Whenever I see a movie in the theater I always stay through the end of the credits and read the credits. My thought was that someday I'd be in the credit roll and I'd want people to stay and see my name on the screen. Well peeps, it's finally happening!

Insidious opens April 4 and you'll be seeing my name in the illustrious position of "Additional Costume Crew." I worked on this last spring for costume designer Kristin Burke. Horror movies are pretty fun to work on because outside of the context of the movie screen, people walking around in "ghostly" makeup and costume is pretty darn silly. Of course none of this matters. What's important is that I finally have a credit on a widely released feature! Yay! Can't wait to see my name on the silver screen all super tiny and at the very very bottom of the credit roll. ;)


What Your Awkward Pose Says About You

Beware! Women folk on the hunt for a man. 

How hilariously awesome is this Playboy article from 1959?! I came across at work where I get to spend my days scanning and organizing old magazines. Playboys were actually full of interesting or fun stories, a lot of great fashion information and have some pretty crazy photo shoots. Misogynistic? Of course, but entertaining none the less. This particular gem is wonderfully silly and certainly doesn't take itself seriously at all. It is after all titled "Girls In Their Lairs!"

{All Images via Playboy: February, 1959}



Fun Fact #1- I just took History of Musical Theater class this quarter taught by a professor that is the spitting image of Fred Astaire.

Fun Fact #2 - I am currently interning for the costume designer of a brand new amazing TV series called Magic City (which is going to be amazing!) and Monday I was scanning images from every 1959 Vogue.

Fun Fact #3 - Fred Astaire appeared on Broadway and was considered to be the less talented brother to his sister Adelle.

Fun Fact #4 - I may be the only person considering these facts "fun"
Came across this and it made my day. I grew up watching Fred Astaire films (Particularly Royal Wedding where he dances on the ceiling, Funny Face, Top Hat and Easter Parade) and had to share this Vogue spread because it's just priceless. Stephanie: you might be the only one who appreciates this!

(Images via Vogue February 1, 1959}


Razzlin' & Dazzlin'

I probably should be finishing my finals instead of blogging but I had to show my Hello Dolly! sketches! ;) I used a combination of photoshop/pencil/ink/tombo markers for the final look. Dolly's sassy ensemble is intended to be covered in rhinestones. Nothing but the classiest for that Dolly Levi.

Okay. Back to work!


Mood Board

It's the end of the school quarter so the projects keep on rolling out. I need to finish my sketches but I had to post my research for the Hello Dolly!. I only have 3 renderings due and it's driving me crazy because there's so many things I want to do but I can't without doing the whole show. Too bad I don't have the time or I would just do the whole show anyway.

I love the deep, rich colors in these images. The mix between whimsical and dark and seedy elements (especially with Latrec paintings) is something that I've always been drawn to. Dear God. It's clear I watch too many Tim Burton movies...



{Image via BuzzFeed.com }
So obsessed with this Annie Leibovitz photo of Queen Latifa as Ursula. I think I may have found my Halloween costume early this year. I may need to start working on it soon, after all as they say in Love, Actually, "Eight is a lot of legs David."


Shades of Red and Grey

I'm jumping (or should I say falling?) into my next project: a modern take on Vertigo.   It's a bit scary to tackle such an iconic film but I'm getting in the mood by re-watching it and taking visual notes. I think you can see from the screen grabs that I'm drawn to the thread of bold reds against shades of grey. I just love how clean and concise every look is.

Before Hitchcock became a director he was an art director. It definitely shows because every single piece in a shot (from setting, background, to each costume piece) is intentional and aids the story being told. He only ever shows what is absolutely important and never uses filler. Most directors do a version of this but Hitchcock pushes it to 11 and takes it to the extreme. Plus he's one of the first directors to show respect to his costume designer (the one and only Edith Head) by giving her "Costume Designer" or "Costumes" screen credit. God, I love Hitchcock so much it's ridiculous!  I could go on, but I'd rather show screen grabs instead.

{All Images via ScreenMusings.org }