Glue bits of fabric, sequin, or whatever to cover the exposed foam and hide all the ugly…
Now we’re ready for the whole point of the project: adding a mass of feathers to the top of an actress’s head. (Yes, everything up till now has simply been necessary tedium to me….)
Now, since my budget is limited enough that I’m cheating out the center of the headdress with a bit of boa (and I managed to get six headdresses out of one boa), you can bet it doesn’t include funding for first rate ostrich feminas… (Wouldn’t those be nice, though?) Instead, I’m sparing a few (39, in fact) out of the remains of a pound of ostrich second, slightly defective drabs and spads I bought years ago. These are basically on par with the rather sad, vacuum sealed dealies you can buy in the craft store. They’re cheap, and they’re meant to be used in quantity so you don’t see the lack of quality. But I’m a miserly sort, and I don’t want to donate that many of my own feathers to the theater, so I did a little work on them to make them look like something a little better than what they are. That’s the magic of theater, in a nutshell: make it look, you know, a little less like what it is. If you’ve seen The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, you might have noticed the slight differences between the carnival costumes inside and outside of the Imaginarium. I thought that was one of the most brilliant commentaries I’d ever seen. (But then, I do tend to take these things a little seriously….) That’s theater, right there, and the difference between seeing costumes under fluorescent lights in the changing room and seeing them on the stage after the lighting designer is done with them.
Anyhoo…. Here’s the final deal:
The rest of their costumes (and I assure you, they are covered!) consist of sequined bras built on dollar store coconut bras, and panties constructed from a commercial pattern (er, minus the sides, which are sequined trim and fringe). All of this actually velcros to a rigged body shaper, because the idea of wardrobe malfunctions haunts my dreams. You can’t really tell in these photos, but the bras (affectionately referred to as “muppet boobs” are covered in flesh-toned craft felt. The outside crescent is done up to match the headdress, and the center has a swirl of pink sequins. The two halves, put together, make a heart. Awwww…. Because all he cares about is love, and five thousand dollars. And that’s show biz, kid….