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Custom Rock & Roll Tribute Dresses: The Cramps

To celebrate its 28th anniversary, SLUG Magazine staged a fashion show featuring 28 designers, 28 models, plus hair and makeup by The Paul Mitchell School of Salt Lake City and Ogden as well as the Taylor Andrews Academy.

Jen McGrew was assigned the year 2009 and created a tribute dress to *The Cramps*. Their lead singer, Lux Interior, died in 2009, appearing on SLUG’s March cover of that year.  Rest in peace, LUX! Old rockers like us still miss you:(

 

 

The dress is a custom cincher with a basque and tutu of custom dye sublimation-printed fabric featuring The Cramps’ logo and artwork from their first album, “Bad Music for Bad People”. Custom, cute sequined bikini bottoms and removable veil are icing on this delightful cake. Modeled by the lovely Yazmine Tatiana @MermaidNymora , with makeup by @cakefacedeez , we are very proud of these show-stoppers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much to Angela Brown and everyone on the SLUG Magazine crew, all the designers, models, makeup and hair artists, DJ’s and Robert Hyrum Hirschi for the wonderful pics here.

 

Nice article with pics about SLUG’s 28th anniversary fashion show here: http://www.slugmag.com/…/slug-28th-anniversary-fashion-show/

 

Congratulations SLUG and here’s to 28 more!

“The Sword Experience” Custom Set for “Highlander’s” Adrian Paul

For Adrian Paul (of *Highlander* fame), for his full immersion combat training and choreography event, “The Sword Experience”.

Custom set designed, built and installed at the Salt Palace by McGrew Studios production designer Hraefn Wulfson. We are very grateful to the wonderful Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience volunteers who helped load in.

See http://theswordexperience.com/ for tour dates and more info-

 

Above, set dressed and ready. A scene of urban destruction.
Adrian Paul choreographs three pairs of fighters at a time who battle each other, moving around and amongst the set’s cement pillars.

Above, more moody lighting.

Above, Adrian Paul and Hraefn Wulfson.

 

Visit http://theswordexperience.com/ for tour dates, locations and more info-

 

Custom Carnivale Costumes: Rio De Janeiro

 

Custom costume for a 2017 client, vacation bound for Carnivale in Rio De Janero.

Modeled here for us by the lovely Yaz, with photos by Chris Blackburn Photography.

 

Couture bra and belt, pheasant feathers, goose biots and many, many hours of hand beading on a fantastic model = one beautiful vision.

All the tall feathers are insertable and secure, but also removable so ALL items can pack flat for safe travel and storage.

 

 

 

Visit Chris Blackburn Photography

Custom Outdoor Sunbrella Covers

Damen-Titchner Pavilion cover in Sunbrella

 

Our instructions were:

Create a cover that could fasten without any auxiliary hanging hardware installed on their backyard pavilion. Sunbrella is a great fabric, rated for years of sun (obviously) and weather resistance. This Logan, Utah couple stores many items in the pavilion during winter and it’s a perennial treat for us to see their custom cover getting such great mileage and use.

 

 

Snug and enclosed for winter, protecting lots of stored items within.

 

 

The Pavilion cover in summer. A great spot for entertaining and hanging out.

 

 

Project notes, measurements and details.

 

Yep, the pieces were so large that we used the parking lot to lay some of them out!

 

 

Mark and Suzanne, using the plumb line to snap straight chalk lines…

 

 

Our basement on Pierpont Avenue got a LOT of use during this project. We set up extra tables to work with this big project.

 

 

Fastex hardware. Buckles with straps down each of the four corners of the pavilion cover.

 

 

HMA (Hide My Ass) Commercial Costume Design: Chamber Media

Many good, innocent people lost their clothes in this fun commercial that underscores how vulnerable you are whenever using unprotected public wi-fi. For client, HMA (Hide My Ass) app.

 

Thank you to KJMagnetics, a great resource for the rare-earth, neodymium magnets we used in our effects. Thank you also to props wiz Wray Featherstone- your off-camera choreography made the execution of all our breakaway wardrobe possible. Turns out, too, that saving all our metal corset stay ends and bits for all those years was essential. Awesome concept, crew and content:) Thank you,  Chamber Media!

 

Ad Stuffed With Nudity and Shaved Back Hair Makes a More Serious Point About Wifi Security

“Butt Bumper” Commercial Costume and Props Design: FiftyFilms

We built and installed the visual joke that sells The Advocates’ message in FiftyFilms’ hilarious 2015 commercial.

 

 

 

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McGrews’ production designer Hraefn Wulfson vacu-formed a real bumper several times, laminated all the pulls together, then attached them to a custom wooden frame.

After some choice rumpling, primer and some chrome paint, he treated the tail lights to some fun effects as well – – one broken and one flashing- akin to how your own car’s tail lights would be after an accident.

 

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Costume designer Jen with actress Cherie wearing a corset (underneath her blouse). Two specialty plastic gun holster clips sewn to the corset’s back hold the bumper’s strap in place, as Cherie does her grocery shopping, knocking merchandise off the shelves.

 

The commercial’s unmistakable message: Some accidents just follow you around and keep causing trouble unless your lawyers are The Advocates!

 

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Our thanks to everyone on the FiftyFilms production crew. This was a fun design challenge plus a most entertaining shoot that kept us constantly laughing:)

Custom Irish Dance Costumes: BYU

Have you witnessed “Christmas Around the World”?? Absolutely stunning. BYU Folk Dance Program’s amazing production had me in tears during several of the performances (the Samba, in particular– ask me about it sometime and I’ll try to describe how amazing it is– and the Irish dance, of course, had my DNA vibrating at a particularly high frequency).

 

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THESE are the new Irish Dance costumes our shop made for these dedicated lovelies.

All-star performances from everyone and great leadership from champion Irish dance captain Victoria Ringer, Folk Dance faculty Jeanette Geslison and wardrobe manager Amy Handy. The program decided it was time for a costume redesign with a sparkly new look and feel, and we were thrilled to work with them to produce these.

 

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Mesmerizing, in performance at BYU’s Marriot Center

 

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Early prototype skirt in production. With mint green lycra underneath and sparkle netting. It was nixed when they decided their netting added too much fullness.

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Cutting circle skirts. You can usually identify which patterns our shop develops. Years ago. I bought a giant roll of red paper and we’ve been using it ever since.

 

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Sleeves. Being cut in three sizes.

 

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Tops of the bodysuits with zippers installed, inside out and ready for the black shorts to be attached. I loved how they reminded me of pelts.

 

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Fluffy skirts! 2 layers of mint silk chiffon over silver sparkle lycra.

 

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Yaz and Diane. Rhinestoning necklines.

 

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Diane. Ever methodical about her work.

 

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Fantastic attention to placement and detail by Diane and Yaz…

 

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Backstage at the Marriot Center for the Performing Arts-

 

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With Annie!

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So psyched (and grateful) that Eliza Crosby and Annie could come to dress rehearsal! Champion Highland Dancer Annie getting her pic taken with the whole BYU Scottish troupe. And me, too, — because of the Scots-Irish thing, of course…

 

Extra love to good elf helpers Eliza Crosby,Diane Thompson, Yazmine Tatiana and Michelle Marie. My superstars:) xo

 

Happy holidays everyone!