Monday, March 15, 2010

(from silk and I fee like how she looks, *giggle* )
Sick days, oh man, well it's fortunate for you all because it means I will actually post! I truly do apologize for my scarcity, senior year is really starting to get to me. But I'm not going to think about that. I'm going to talk to you about costumes! Or rather my views on costumes, you know, favorites and whatnot. I should also note that for most of these photos you should be able to click on them to get a bigger (hence better) view.

I would say that details are one of the most important parts of costuming for me, (I'll get into why a bit later) and just look at them in these two screen caps. On the first dress, I'm pretty sure it's smocking on the bodice, and just look how much it adds, without it the dress wouldn't be anything special. As a knitter I can't help noticing the lovely sweater, the tiny ruffle/lace work detail is perfect. There's also another sweater in this movie that I want to try to make some day, I'll show you sometime.

( the prestige )
I find it very impressive when a designer is daring and creative, yet stays accurate within a time period. I haven't done enough research to tell you if this costume is accurate, but it looks right to me. Taking into consideration of course that the story takes place within a slightly bohemian type setting, so rather eccentric clothing fits the characters and their situation. I just love the use of stripes and embroidery here, color too, plus detail!
(Becoming Jane)
Detail in costumes is important for several different reasons, the main one that is relevant to movie goers (such as you and me) is that it makes the world seem real. Even if the audience never sees the details up close and in full, they can tell if they're there or not (at least I can). The other reason is for the actors, if they can put on a costume that seems to have a history, or that their character might have even made herself, it helps them find a reality in the what they are portraying. An actor needs to find a connection with the costume even if they are just seeing it for the first time.

The above dress is simple and yet very convincing, there's no wow factor or anything eye-grabbing about it, yet that's why it works. It has a harmony and accuracy that makes in blend in with the setting and the story. It's simple and it's beautiful.
( secret of moonacre )
Now there's also the costumes that don't have to belong to a time period, instead they help create a make believe world. And those are ever so much fun, are they not? Because creativity is what rules the day, mostly. Now I haven't seen this movie, (and Katherine said it was terrible) but I can't help but love the costumes. You can't really see much in this first photo, only of the carpet bag, which I am SO jealous of. I mean, it's amazing, just LOOK at it! Okay, I'm getting rather excited, but most of you know of my love for carpet bags and this one's perfect.
( secret of moonacre )
I tend to fall in love with any sort of period night wear or undergarments as well, not quite sure why, except that they do tend to be awfully pretty. Some day I think I will have a whole wardrobe that's just for pretty night gowns and such, I've looked for a nice one every time I've gone thrifting for quite a while now but never found what I'm looking for. However, I have been working on some lacy white things for my soon-to-be shop that I can hardly wait to show you!
( Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events)
I've gotten to distracted to go on about costumes now, so I'll leave you with this adorable and (detail-wise) delicious photo of Sunny (imagine making that cloak for a little girl!), and give you a quick up date on how the tutu making is going. So far it's all been about doing the math for the basque and making mock-ups. I'll explain a lot of this later, but just know that not much has really happened. We haven't cut any of the net or bodice fabric yet, hopefully that will change soon! I have less than nine weeks to finish this thing, which should be plenty of time, if I didn't have so many other commitments. But it's coming together and things are going well, I promise to show you more soon, especially when we actually start MAKING it. So, I love you all and thank you so much for your patience with me.
Love, Clara


Erica Pru said...

the costumes are beautiful, i entirely understand your obsession!

I hope everything's going well with your tutu- can't wait to see the finished thing!
love E

francesca said...

the outfits for 'the secrets of moonacre' and 'silk' are absolutely beautiful.

oh how i wish we still dressed like that....

Melee said...

Ahh, what amazing costumes! That's one of my favourite parts about being involved in the theater; I get to wear clothes I'd never get to wear otherwise. :)

Princess Camille said...

Such lovely costumes! I wish I could wear each and every one. Thank you for sharing. I just love your blog!

Clara said...

Erica Pru: oh I know, it truly is an obsession, and I was thinking of you when I mentioned the tutu, cause I know your excited about it too! :D <3

francesca: me too, it would be so wonderful, long skirts and shawls and such, just perfect and dreamy. looking at these clothes just convinces me more that I was born in the wrong century!

Clara said...

Melee: yes! that's one of the thing I miss about Theater the most! when I was in Bye Bye Birdie I got to wear the most beautiful pale blue chiffon dress with a petticoat underneath... I never wanted to take it off.

Princess Camille: thankyou! and yes, so do I someday I hope I can make one of them. and then I mostly likely would wear it every day! or want to anyway. :)

magnoliaamber said...


oh all the photos are fabulous I wish this is holiday...

Why discussing about costume what events will you have soon? Oh I apologize to ask maybe I have skipped something...

Lemon said...

i forgot how much i love your blog! i love (sorry, same verb twice) everything about this post! gazing at the costumes,reading your words, because, like you, i put a lot of stock in costumes: they can make or break a film.

Clara said...

magnoliaamber: well, I'm not sure if you missed anything or not! but, I'm doing a costume design course with my school so I've been spending lots of time looking at costumes online and I wanted to share it with you. :)

Lemon: thank you :D yes, they really can! and I must admit that good costumes can sell me on a movie even if the rest of it is only average.