With Marlys Miller-Fladeland and her daughter.
On display for a time in our shop's front parlour. Pierpont Avenue location.
Inspiration. 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.
Meet "Zero" and "One," Pluralsight's "future people".
Appearing in the stunning video (above) shown during Pluralsight Live's opening session, the branded mascots then appeared in person periodically throughout all three days of the event, intriguing and mingling with enthusiastic conference goers.
A full spectrum of colors enhanced the actors' first set of costumes. A series of creative in-camera effects captured actors Phillip Istomin and Alexis Chanel being doused with paints and powders during the high frame-rate filming.
A great team includes the creators of the Pluralsight promo video, JMills Entertainment. Art direction and marketing by Adam Gunn, John Jensen and their colleagues at Pluralsight. Two sets of identical costumes for Zero and One custom built by Jennifer McGrew with Kelly Hawthorne. Behind-the-scenes shots of the video shoot by Dee and Cory. Live performance scheduling logistics at the Grand America by Webb Event Production and the lovely Xenia Maritsas. On-location wardrobe tech and dressing by Jennifer McGrew.
Pluralsight Live User Conference, Salt Lake's Grand America Hotel, Sept 19-21, 2017.
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!
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.
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!
We built and installed the visual joke that sells The Advocates' message in FiftyFilms' hilarious 2015 commercial.
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.
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!
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:)
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).
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.
Mesmerizing, in performance at BYU's Marriot Center
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.
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.
Sleeves. Being cut in three sizes.
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.
The inimitable Yaz, admiring our work.
Fluffy skirts! 2 layers of mint silk chiffon over silver sparkle lycra.
Yaz and Diane. Rhinestoning necklines.
Diane. Ever methodical about her work.
Fantastic attention to placement and detail by Diane and Yaz...
Backstage at the Marriot Center for the Performing Arts-
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!
Holy tap-dancing elves!
In 2015 we made a bunch of custom elf boots as well as some elf SPATS for Ohio production and costume designer Inda Blatch-Geib. She designed the new production, Kris Kringle the Musical, that premiered Friday, December 4th 2015 in Olmsted Falls.
Thank you Inda for giving McGrews a nice shout out in The Akron Beacon Journal http://www.ohio.com/entertainment/kerry-clawson/kris-kringle-is-a-rich-magical-world-of-color-texture-for-akron-costume-designer-1.643784
These stage production pics are from http://www.kriskringlethemusical.com/photos.html
The ones in front are boots. The rest are SPATS worn over their tap shoes!
Great assistant and good helper elf, Peri C. showing off our hard work!!
A visitor is unexpectedly asked to model some boots in progress-
Famous Photographer, Famous Daughter
A project that's had 33 million views and counting as of January 2017.
When Jessica Alba, George Takei, plus even the new Wonder Woman film director Patty Jenkins are talking about your work, trust us, it's pretty cool.
McGrew Studios and Josh Rossi Photography have wanted to work together on a project for several years, and at last we finally have!
The convergence of his daughter Nellee's 3rd birthday, the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman, Halloween 2016, plus the new Wonder Woman movie trailer have culminated in a personal project for Josh that hit viral status within just several days. As Josh told KSL TV in an interview at our studio, "All the trending buttons have been hit with both the timing and subject matter of his project," (not to mention Full Time Photographer's original click-bait article title that waves a design and labor rate in readers' faces).
Josh's project has generated a BIG range of discussion, contention, admiration and even scorn-- throughout comment threads on all the websites that have reposted the project or created their own new features about it.
At McGrews, we are naturally just agog at all this activity and very proud to have played our role in this fantastic project.
Some of the videos, articles and links:
Nellee is one cool, three-year old superhero!
Costume made by McGrews' cartel members Jennifer McGrew with Diane Thompson, plus custom sword and shield by Randy Crit Killen. We love how great Josh's photos make our work look:)
We made Nellee's costume using several types of leathers along with worbla details, lacing, grommets and a variety of trimmings. We designed her leather bodice to be adjustable in the back as well as on the sides, because she will grow fast!
Her leather skirt pieces are sewn onto their own waistband which is attached under the bodice, and this whole element is alterable so it can also be adjused as she grows. Nelee's armored spats lace up over her boots and should also endure two or more shoe-size increases. We made Nellee's shoulder straps expandable, and for adjustability over time, plus created her pauldrons to slide on her straps.