|Photograph courtesy of STAGES.|
The exciting and new news aside, time to get back into the swing of past posts... Today it's the first of three throw-backs to my senior show & highlight of my high school portfolio. Of course all of this was done before the internship, so, looking back on it now, it is positive proof of how far I've come in my understanding of period clothing, fabrics & construction techniques.
|Cast photograph courtesy of STAGES.|
Doctor Dolittle (Part I): Underthings
First things first, I knew even back then that before I could dig into pretty dresses and trims, Emma (the lead character) needed some undergarments. Ms. Shearer, the head costumer, found a sparkly, pink corset at a thrift store - not historically accurate, but worked for the "shipwrecked scene" - and light pink drawers to fit the young actress.
|"Shipwreck" photograph courtesy of STAGES.|
Next, instead of an itchy mesh crinoline, I suggested a hooped petticoat. Ms. Shearer agreed having been familiar with the other hoops I've built for the stage. Made from thrifted cotton sheets, tubing and connectors from the neighborhood hardware store (great place, I used to cashier/clean there!), Emma's two hooped petticoats were durable enough for plenty of onstage use and reuse. (In fact, they're still being used at Stages, most recently in their production of Little Women.)
|A cleverly placed extension piece had to be added for length.|
Finally, to smooth over the rungs in the hoop skirts, an over-the-hoop petticoat was a requirement!
Next up: Emma's Act I Costumes. Thanks for reading!