Holy tap-dancing elves!
In 2015 we made a bunch of custom elf boots plus some elf SPATS for Ohio production and costume designer Inda Blatch-Geib. She designed the new production, Kris Kringle the Musical, which premiered Friday, December 4th 2015 in Olmsted Falls.
The lead dancer’s wearing elf 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-
Definitely as awesome as they sound.
Sometimes all a costume needs are the final detailed additions– in this case, new POCKETS!
Heroically, two pairs of khaki trousers sacrificed themselves to become the new pockets and dropseat we added to Bill’s existing coveralls. Now he is the essence of “Barf” from Mel Brooks’ hilarious Spaceballs film.
Thanks, Bill for having us make your new pockets and for sharing your photos.
May the schwartz be with you!
Photos: Mark Loertscher Photography
Custom 16th century dress for the lovely Jami Solveig Cirone, Miss Italy/Miss Multiverse 2015.
The pageant’s historic/cultural segment showcases the contestants in costumes that pay homage to their national and cultural heritage. This dress we made helps Jami honor hers.
The gown has more than 12 yards of burgundy velvet in it plus a number of silks and laces. We cartridge pleated five whole widths of velvet (more than 260″ total inches at the waist) onto Jami’s teeny 23″ waistband. We made two petticoats and a hip roll to develop her incredible silhouette and topped it with a hand embroidered bodice. She has hanging sleeves plus quilted sleeves that lace onto her bodice. Within her bodice we installed quite a number of steel stays, lacing stays and grommets. Our hand detailing on the outside includes numerous brass beads and jewels, freshwater pearls, fabric flowers, lace trimmings plus exquisite custom brooches by artist David Powell: @POWELLARTSWORKSHOP on Instagram.
Together we looked at many examples of period dresses, hairstyles and ornamentation in museum costume books plus portraits of notable Italian women.
David’s wax carvings, ready to be cast in bronze.
Prepped to cast multiples at one time:
Freshly cast bronze brooches before they are cleaned up and polished.
Photography session with Simon Blundell: http://simonfoto.com/
Brilliant hair and makeup by Amber Pearson. http://amberpearson.net/
On display for a time in the parlour of our Pierpont Avenue location.