Melissa’s vintage treasure needed some help. Hraefn Wulfson restored and repainted her beloved Mr. Peanut costume and now her family can enjoy him for generations!
Victor V. asked us for a custom Pennywise costume for the premiere of IT, and this was a very cool project with some swell fabrics: Two colors of silk dupioni with great rouching and piping details all over the place, then garnished with wool yarn pom poms plus some great paisley trimmings and tassel fringe. His makeup is by one of the artists at the Fear Factory right here in Salt Lake. Victor tells us he will be resurrecting Pennywise when the IT sequel hits the theaters in 2019:)
We made custom costumes for Young Living’s jousters, horses and squires in this fantastic project. This is the DGY (David Gary Young) Jousting Team of Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah, and they are amazing.
The open, lattice-like costumes for the horses are called caparisons and their face shields are called chamfrons. We’ve created these with leather cut-work and inlay, embellished with decorative metal pieces, rivets and crystals.
We built the horse gear using chrome-tanned leathers backed with synthetic Rhino Cloth for extra weight, durability and resistance to wear and mildew. Each horse echoes its jouster’s colors and sometimes his or her coat of arms, as in the case of Jacob Young’s dragons in black and red.
The word caparison originates from the 1585–95 Middle French caparasson (now caparaçon) and the Old Spanish caparazón, akin to capa or cape.
We made jousters’ sleeveless surcotes from black bison hide. Each of these tunics laces up its sides and has specialty leather inlay as well as hardware and rivets in either gold or silver.
Our design/build team for this was a big one- our shop’s principle staff with additional stitchers and craftspeople jobbing in. A great project and so fun to make such fantastic looks for DGY.
DGY’s armor in these photos is by Valentine Armouries in Las Vegas, NV.
Visit the Young Living farm events page for more info about jousting dates.
Our thanks to HeadnHome for the leather cavalier hats. These are beautifully made and you were wonderful to work with:)
Our thanks to Liz Davies, Young Living‘s Director of Farm Events. Our team loved working with yours. We look forward to more creative design as your production grows.
Thank you to Robert Hirschi and David A. Boyd for your photos here:)
The beauty of steampunk fashion, enhanced by the beauty of hair and makeup design genius, Amber Pearson.
McGrew Studios’ custom corset, Zouave jacket, skirt, tap pants and detachable bustle.
custom patterned and fit in brocade and moire’ over coutil with 24 steel stays plus lacing stays in the center back
bolero development front
bolero development back
on display, at Salt Lake City’s Absinthe Parlour Salon
Custom clerical vestments for charismatic minister, Jared Anderson.
Jared is one of those super smart, compassionate and completely charismatic people who makes you reflect in fun ways on your life’s transcendent values and the world around you. We adore him.
See these to learn more about Jared and his ministry:
Some 2018 construction process pics:
Classics’ Ludi Romani Games, a 20-Year Tradition, Casts Alumni as Roman Gods
Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018
A fun costume we made in 2012 for Utah State University Classics professor, Francis Titchener.
Utah-based analytics and marketing giant OBSERVEPOINT knows how to make convention attendees remember their brand!
Observepoint gives their booth guests custom printed socks! — that’s right– custom printed socks that you can wear, in a variety of dye sublimation printed designs — (instead of shoving logo-laden thumb drives into their visitors’ hands like every other booth does). It’s a really ingenious marketing idea and was right up our alley as a design project.
Our thanks to Observepoint Field Marketing Manager: Trachelle Tanner.
Adobe Summit March 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pluralsight’s popular Chief Revenue Officer, Joe DiBartolomeo.
On stage in Florida at their January 2018 sales kickoff event-
Concept art: Adam Gunn, Pluralsight Creative Director.
Fitting day: Joe and Adam at Pluralsight’s Kaysville, Utah offices-
A base-layer batman suit, about to be cannibalized/customized-
Custom dye sub printed fabric in Pluralsight’s orange-to-pink gradient, fashioned into a superhero cape-
More custom dye sub fabric-
Prepping lighting elements for Joe’s chest piece-
Ready now for color change on its outer gasket-
Prepping chest feature with binding around circumference and velcro mounting surface-
A promotional three-piece gown, created and worn to present the award for best costume design at the 2nd Annual Filmed in Utah Awards Show, 2013.
With little more than a week to build, its value (with the pannier) is about 5k. The least costly parts of this dress are its fabrics, mostly imported synthetics. My pals helped me fit, hem and hand-finish so we could get this done in time.
Asked to present that year’s award for best costumes in front of hundreds of people, I couldn’t simply head to Macy’s or Nordstrom to look for any old dress.
With Marlys Miller-Fladeland and her daughter.
On display for a time in our shop’s front parlour. Pierpont Avenue location.
Pages from the Chronicles of Western Fashion. John Peacock , Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1991.
Costumes 1775-1780. pp 136-137
In our shop we refer to this book as “the bible”. It’s one of our most used texts. We often hand it to clients, asking them to describe the silhouette and details of costumes they want by picking elements out of the lineup. It’s a great book. Its illustrations detail changes in silhouette and ornamentation in a decade-by-decade progression.
Dear friend and dressing helper, backstage, Brent.
With actor Danny James.
Being accosted by James Christian Morris.
With the radiant, brilliant Jennifer Sommers.
With voiceover talent Brenda Myers.
With artist Timm Paxton.
Backstage at the Grand Theater, with hair and makeup genius Amber Pearson.
Final fitting in the shop.
Brittany Babb and Melissa Welinsky mark my front hem while I hold the yardstick.
Temporary white lacing in the final fitting.
Ready to mark the hem, standing on the cutting table.
Sleeves developed. Shown here on a dress dummy along with a vest I was making for another client, over a wonderful necktie kilt made by Melissa Welinsky. An interesting outfit.
Jennifer Sommers, adjusting the straps inside the pannier, pulling them in tighter to create a wider, flatter pannier profile.
Bodice fitting. Many thanks to Jean Hunnisett, author of Period Costume for Stage and Screen, for wonderful recipes, construction details, research and period patterns in your books- a treasured part of my library.
In the beginning: Merely a big collage of fabrics that look swell together.