the costumer is always right

Renaissance Faire - Race and Culture

This month hosts The Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Los Angeles. For those of you who have never been to a Ren Faire, one of the key aspects of it is costume and dressing up. 

When I was in High School and would go with my High School friends, I was always a little jealous of the costumes that they would wear. All of my friends in High School you see, were white. The costumes that they would wear always looked right on them and somehow, wrong on me. 

One year, I took things into my own hands and decided to dress as a Chinese Peasant. I got a Rice Paddy hat from our local chinatown and a pretty drab and easy top and pants (I super wish I could find these photos for you guys)  

The effect worked, a lot of people noticed my costume and laughed at my little joke.

Still, I would look at my friends in their beautiful dresses and flower crowns and envy that they could easily slip into this land of make believe and I still felt a little bit like an outsider. 

I don’t believe that anyone particularly made me feel this way, it was just something that made me aware of my race when usually it’s something I don’t necessarily think about. 

So, I went and decided to just wear the ‘wrong’ feeling costumes anyways, it was all pretend and I could do anything I wanted. 

But this year, I decided to do something different. I did some research and found out that during the Elizabethan period, the Ming dynasty would have been in power. I did some research online and found myself a Ming Dynasty costume. 

It was everything I had ever wanted. I felt pretty, but also I felt like I belonged. I felt like I was able to share my culture and what was beautiful about that time period with people who didn’t know. A lot of people stopped me to ask about my costume! I wish I had known a little bit more about accurate construction or really, anything about the Ming Dynasty, but I still felt right in it. 

There are lots of cultures that existed during the Elizabethan era and I encourage any People of Color to share that when they go to a Renaissance festival next time! I would love to see more costumes, maybe Armenian or Turkish or Mongolian! 

Next year I want to take this as a starting point and try to incorporate more elements of fantasy. There are lots of Chinese dramas that take period costumes and throw some fun fantasy elements into it. Here are some cool examples:

Alright y'all! Sit down cause were about to talk about something! And that something is Belle, and her costume design. 

I’ve been seeing a ton of hate going around about the “accuracy” of Belle’s costumes in the recent live remake of Beauty and the Beast. So I’m gonna have a little tete a tete with you and try and work some things out. 

Firstly: I have heard a lot about how Emma Watson had a “huge” say in the creative decisions on her costumes and I want to address that. As well as address everyones incessant whining about how she doesn’t wear stays/corsets. 

Here we go: So I’m a costume designer and deal with people requesting things all day long. The point of the costume designer is to make everyone happy with how the character looks. That’s the simple version, but it is. And a huge part of designing is listening to the actors and getting to know how they feel about the character. If the actor feels strongly about what shoes their character would wear, you listen. If the director has a strong opinion on the color of a shirt, you listen. A huge part of being a technical designer on something (specially costumes) is about creating a balance between multiple different visions, that come from multiple different people. Because clothing is the biggest indicator to anyone seeing you, what kind of person you are. So coming from my costume design background, it is not always right to just go fully period and make it happen. 

My most recent costume designs were supposed to be 1860-1890s Western American clothing. Now when you google the 1860s you find corsets and huge hoop skirts, but my characters where women of little money, no maids, and worked on farms. If I asked you to put on a corset, a hoop skirt, with no help from anyone else, and then go work in a field would that make sense? My point to all of this is, we know what the documented styles were for a time period, but usually finding information on the more common pedestrian styles is infinitely harder. One of the biggest things that helped me (but was something I never looked into) was using the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ online archive to view clothing from that time period, and see what clothing people were wearing that weren’t middle or upper class. 

So all of this leads up to me saying this; and many people are going to get very angry at me for it.  In no way did not having stays/corsets, panniers, and hoops change the overall period and style of this film. Belle is a country girl with no maid, who works with her hands and has very little money. Having the constraints of stays (which are difficult to put on correctly even with help, let alone without) and hoops would not make any logistical sense for her character. Now for the Silly Girls, yes! They are obviously of more means then Belle and have the help of each other to get into full on garb everyday, and it almost seems (in the new film) like the silly girls are supposed to be the daughter of the town seamstress, which is a reason why they have such fine clothing in such a small town. And by evidence of the last scene where Belle’s dress has very obvious stays (even if they were just built into the bodice itself) she would have had stays in more of her outfits after she married the Prince because she would have had the means and a maid to help her, and no longer had to dress in a practical manner. 

Moral of this story is: Fashion over Function in the 18th century was a very big thing, and still is today. So sometimes being “fully true” to a time period, isn’t always what you want. Thank you and goodnight.

anonymous asked:

Imagine all of the Avengers take a "Which Avenger Are You?" quiz and none of them get themselves. They use this as an excuse to switch costumes. Your choice who Steve gets.

Steve wanted to wear comfortable pants and a button-down. Maybe some fake glasses or even a lab coat. 

Steve was instead standing in tight purple booty shorts and nothing else.

Bucky walked in, clad in purple and black with a Nerf crossbow strapped across his back.  “That’s a great color on you.”

“I hate you.”

“Not my fault.  You agreed that we’d go to the Halloween party as whatever result we got.  Not my fault you’re an angerball all of the time.”

Clint swaggered in, brandishing the plastic shield.  “The suit really does something for your posture.” He smiled at Steve.  “Nice shorts.” 

Steve didn’t have time to respond before he was busy wondering where Thor got a catsuit in his size.  

“Friends!  Is this not a most amusing costume?”

Steve was pretty sure the suit would rip if Thor took a deep breath.

“Its…it’s something, alright.”  Natasha’s voice was amused, though she was busy adjusting her wings. “Sam won’t give me his real kit.”

“We’d never get you to come down.” Clint smirked.  

“I want a do-over.”  Tony walked into the room in his Iron Man suit.  “How come Thor gets to be Natasha?  I can be mysterious.  I’m sultry. I look great in a onesie.”

“Thor has better hair.”  Clint didn’t look up from adjusting his utility belt, but still managed to block the pen Tony whipped at his head with his plastic shield.  

Tony’s sigh turned into a wide smile.  He’d finally caught sight of Steve.  “Ok, Daisy Dukes, let’s go get this over with.  The Charity Costume Gala was your idea.”

With a resigned sigh, Steve led the way to the elevators.  With any luck, the ballroom on the thirty-seventh floor would be warmer.  

My brain won’t stop throwing DMMD au’s at me, so here’s a figure skating AU:

  • Koujaku, Aoba, and Mizuki were rinkmates when they were little
  • Koujaku was always a really graceful and powerful skater, and Aoba admired and looked up to him like really a lot
  • Aoba kept getting picked on for his long hair, which he’d started growing out to be like Koujaku except where Koujaku still managed to keep a masculine kind of edge to his appearance, Aoba just looked downright girly
  • Koujaku encouraged him to keep growing it and own his appearance, because if he finds strength and power in it, then nobody can use it against him
  • As a junior, Aoba was actually kind of reckless on the ice, juxtaposing his delicate features (played to the hilt) with rough and violent routines
  • he nearly got into what could’ve been a pretty bad accident because of it, though, so he altered his image by the time he moved into the senior division
  • Aoba still plays up his delicate features, but he uses really bright and flashy costumes against elegant and flowy routines
  • but he really surprises people off the ice for how rough he is in reality (“it’s a stage, a show - what’s hard to understand?”)
  • Koujaku sets up the hairstyle for Aoba’s costumes and teaches Sei how to do it, so Sei’s always in charge of Aoba’s hair and makeup
  • Tae-san and Haga-san both coach Aoba (Tae’s a lot harsher on Aoba, so Haga’s p much there to be the balancing factor)
  • Mizuki is the Phichit - he takes a ton of selfies and pictures of everyone
  • Noiz is a German skater mostly known for his ridiculous speed on the ice
  • like, his routines are okay on a base level, but the entire draw is just how fast he is on the ice, making him fascinating to watch
  • he also absolutely never fails to recover almost immediately from any fall, no matter how bad it is
  • part of it’s due to his high pain tolerance, which is to the point where one fall actually left a hairline fracture in his ankle and he still finished his program with no problem - nobody even realized he was hurt until he limped off the ice and deadpan told his coach “I think I twisted it”
  • Theo is Noiz’s manager and basically his PR department bc Noiz really hates talking to most people
  • (He goes by “Noiz” as what amounts to a stage name bc seriously “Wilhelm” is just not his image)
  • all of Noiz’s fans wear bunny ears and toss him rabbit-themed goodies
  • this confused him for a while until Aoba pointed out “don’t you have rabbits?” “oh. Is that why?” “plus it’s like…you’re quick like a bunny, y’know?” > Noiz just smirks > it takes Aoba a second before he flips “NOT LIKE THAT” “well it’s not wrong…” “OH MY GOD”
  • Clear is Finnish. Mink is his coach. Nobody really understands how they work so well because Clear is this sweet, bubbly thing, and Mink is just Grumpy (but Clear insists that Mink is super nice and helpful and Clear is really grateful to have him as a coach)
  • Clear was in an accident as a child, leaving him blind in his right eye, his hearing impaired in his right ear, and the right side of his face discolored
  • objectively it’s not terribly noticeable, but Clear is still super insecure about it, so his costumes always involve covering up the right side of his face

ugh I can’t stop thinking about this AU. I might just use it as a basis for drawing/designing costumes for them (I mean seriously, Aoba would look foine in a leotard, don’t even deny it)

Films with AWESOME costumes

Yesterday I was asked which films I think have amazing costume design, and came to me a long LONG list of films that I believe have costumes so beautiful and perfect that you could mute the film and still watch it just for those clothes. This list is not made of ONLY period films, but guys, these are beautiful clothes (in no particular order):

“Kingsman, The Secret Service”, 2014, Matthew Vaughn, costume design by Arianne Phillips

Originally posted by murrddocks

Double breasted suits, perfect fitting blazers, glasses to die for… This film is like an ode to menswear with the levels of perfection that you can see in it. I love the way the characters change and so their clothes do to fit them, and the way each character has a characteristic look and proper clothing (yeah, even Samuel L. Jackson’s caps).

“Dangerous Liaisons”, 1988, Stephen Frears, costume design by James Acheson

Originally posted by kissofthespiderwoman

Where would we all be without this film and its perfect opening scene? It’s very likely that our 18th century obsession would not have happened. Acheson’s costumes are historically accurate in a degree that it’s crazy but still perfect for the big screen.

“Jane Eyre”, 2011, Cary Joji Fukunaga, costumes design by Michael O'Connor

Originally posted by witch-anthy

Fukunaga tells Jane Eyre’s story with the mysterious and dark look that later we all would love in “True Detective”: perfect dresses taken straight from the 1840s. And Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell in period clothing. We are thankful Mr Fukunaga.

“Io sono l'amore”, 2009, Luca Guadagnino, costume design by Antonella Cannarozzi

Originally posted by ungrandmoment

The elegance is taken to another level with Italian style and minimalism that takes this story out of time: the pieces from Raf Simons, Fendi and Daminani are timeless in a way that makes you feel that this film was made in 2009 or 2020 or 1960.

“Bram Stocker’s Dracula”, 1992, Francis Ford Coppola, costume design by Eiko Ishioka

Originally posted by hs-gifs

Historical accuracy is not always that important. With the right silhouettes for the right dresses and the right characters, a great costume designer can create an atmosphere within a time period bending the aesthetic historically accurate to match with the original idea of the director. That’s what the legendary Eiko Ishioka used to do in each of the films she worked.

“The Great Gatsby”, 2013, Baz Luhrmann, costume design by Catherine Martin

Originally posted by otfilms

This is probably the worst adaptation of the iconic novel by Fitzgerald, turning a perfect work of narrative into an absolutely boring sequence of frowns and ridiculous voices. BUT, what a view. What costumes. What a soundtrack. And of course, what parties. This is definitely a film to see and enjoy, even with no audio, just the sight of it is gorgeous; with womenswear by Miuccia Prada and menswear by Brooks Brothers. Gorgeous, I tell you.

“2046″, 2004, Wong Kar Wai, costume design by William Chang

Originally posted by frarkylicious

Chang and Wong are a wonderful team that bring us beautiful films with beautiful clothes: from urban love stories to kung fu fights. Perhaps 2046 is Chang’s finest work (even though The Grandmaster’s costumes are awesome too), since the many timelines of this movie have a perfect balance between futuristic and vintage, between dark and neon light. And those qipao, suits and wild wigs are pure perfection.

“A Single Man”, 2009, Tom Ford, costume design by Arianne Phillips

Originally posted by zoriaworld

The Colin Firth+Arianne Phillips combo appears twice in this list, sorry not sorry! A Single Man is the way a film is seen through a fashion designer’s eyes: beautiful people with beautiful clothes in beautiful places. Every frame is a fashion editorial photo. Every detail is carefully taken care of. And (if all this was not enough) the story is a beautiful sad and heartbreaking glimpse to a lover’s loss.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events”, 2004, Brad Silberling, costume design by Colleen Atwood

Originally posted by elvenstyle

Colleen Atwood’s goth/dark/steampunk design vision is always handy for Tim Burton, but in this film is beyond gorgeous: kids clothes, victorian dresses, crazy suits… Everything goes perfect with the dark-humour-for-kids of Lemony Snicket’s books.

“Marie Antoinette”, .2006, Sofia Coppola, costume design by Milena Canonero

Originally posted by bohemiaerose

Of course Marie Antoinette had to be in this list. We all can watch it in an infinite loop of pastel colours, historically accurate silhouettes and one of the most carefully designed aesthetics of cinema ever.

“Coco et Igor”, 2009, Jan Kounen, costume design by Chattoune and Fab

Originally posted by salviadivine

This film didn’t have the budget of “Coco Avec Chanel”, but the overall film looks beautiful and (fuck yeah) is an historically accurate representation of the 1920s through the fashion of legendary stylish Gabrielle Chanel and the more discreet and classic Igor Stravinsky. Also the opening scene is almost a reenactment of the infamous debut of “The Rite of the Spring” by Stravinsky, danced by Les Ballets Russes with choreography by Nijisnky. And it looks PERFECT. (Also includes Mads Mikkelsen before being Hannibal famous).

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”, 2014, Wes Anderson, costume design by Milena Canonero

Originally posted by thebeasthowls

Second appearance of Milena Canonero in this list! And she totally deserves it. All Wes Anderson films have a very particular visual style and all the characters as well have a particular fashion sense that remain in our minds long time after we see the films (hello red beret, fur coat, tennis headband, boy scout uniform, corduroy suit and a LONG etcetera). And this film is just the peak point: with three storylines in three different times, each have their own aesthetic and colour scheme as well as historically accurate garments that are transformed through colour and details into the clothes worn in this perfect fantastic and pink world.

Now, what are YOUR favourite costume designs in film?

anonymous asked:

How the Allies, Canada, Taiwan, Romano and Denmark react to their s/o being severely verbally abused by a costumer at work and their boss sides with customer with 'customer is always right' policy?

One time a customer was screaming at me for a price not being right, so my boss (who is my uncle) banned him from coming into the store again. Perks of being related to your boss, I guess-

Alfred | America: He would call bullshit right then and there in front of everyone in the store, standing up for his S/O as if his life depended on it- he won’t tolerate this kind of treatment. He doesn’t want to see them so upset, so he’ll take them out for ice cream later. 

Arthur | England: He would interfere with the abuse, but he would do it in a way that’s polite. He’d pull his S/O out of work and would comfort them, making sure that they’re okay before going inside and screaming at their boss and the customer in private.

Francis | France: He’d step in, cool and collected about the situation. He’d tell his partner’s boss that they really need to cut the crap with the whole ‘Customer Is Always Right’ rule before lecturing the customer for being so incredibly rude.

Ivan | Russia: Immediately upon seeing the abuse, he would intervene. He’d gently push his partner behind him, get real close to both the customer and the boss, and would threaten to put their heads on a pike if they didn’t stop their violence at once.

Yao | China: He’d be pissed to see that his lover’s boss is siding with such an ignorant twat of a customer, and tell both of them off, stepping in front of his S/O as if he were a shield. He’d share the poor treatment on social media to ruin their boss’ company.

Matthew | Canada
: He would try to stop the abuse to the best of his ability, though he wouldn’t succeed. He would, however, let his partner vent and lean on him afterwards, followed by heaps of cuddles, comfort food, and lots affectionate kisses.

Xiao | Taiwan: She’d stand up for her partner, exclaiming that this whole situation was unfair and that her partner was only doing their job. She wouldn’t leave until she was positive that her S/O was okay and that the customer left the store.

Lovino | Romano:
He’d be enveloped in fury and would pull his S/O to his side, giving their boss and the upset customer a harsh shove. He’d be shouting at both of them for at least ten minutes, shaking his fist at them before ushering his S/O out of the store to comfort them.

Mathias | Denmark: He would be quiet at first, watching the whole thing go down. Then, he’d step up to the customer, and sock them right in the face- enough to knock them unconscious. He’d then, through clenched teeth, slowly ask the boss to rethink their policies.

kailuabunny  asked:

Estonia, what are you going as for Halloween?

I may have forgotten but to be fair we don’t really celebrate Halloween in Estonia. We celebrate Mardipäev (on November 10th) and it’s like our version of Halloween! Kids will dress up in costumes and go and perform (sing, do riddles, jokes etc) at different houses to get candy! 

But- maybe I’ll participate this year! All I need is a costume, right?

bisexualhappyquinn  asked:

TommyDavid, 18 (Musicians/band/something of this nature AU)!

Do It With A Rockstar

David’s phone rings in a swell of operatic wailing, and he picks it up without even taking his eyes off his computer screen. “David Alleyne speaking. Hello, Mr. Summers.”

Because it’s not like the fucking head of the company calls him every day, noooooo. Gotta play it cool.

And Scott Summers, the head of X Records, says, “David, I have a problem, and I think you can solve it for me.”

David nods slowly. “What problem is that, Mr. Summers?”

He hears…a heavy sigh. “I need you to pick Tom Shepherd up from a party.”

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Victoria 104

This post contains spoilers.

This was the episode I was both looking forward to and dreading in equal measure. Looking forward to because we would finally get to know Albert (and I was hoping to fall in love with him) and dreading because I knew it would spell the end of the ship that I never saw coming but has ruined my life Vicbourne. 

So here are a few of my thoughts:

  • For 3 episodes we’ve had the steady, subtle build-up of Vicbourne. I repeat, 3 whole episodes in which we saw this young woman and this older man develop a genuine fondness, respect and attraction towards one another. It was unexpected and yet so believable and romantic that it reeled me in like a fish on a hook. Then literally within the span of 1 episode, Victoria falls in love with and proposes to Albert. Don’t get me wrong, I knew it was coming, I just didn’t know it was coming so soon. I didn’t get to see Victoria and Albert getting to know one another - at least enough to make romantic feelings plausible. All of their scenes bar the proposal at the end of the episode, had them at odds. He was surly, arrogant and generally miserable - which I guess was supposed to come across as deeply intellectual/broody and insecure? Hmm… I’m kinda not buying it. I understand instant attraction, but when a man constantly berates me and my decision making, my mind doesn’t automatically jump to “oh, what fine husband material.” It would have at least liked to see them reach some common ground. One duet at the piano followed by a dance wasn’t enough to have me swooning. Sorry. I’m not against Vicbert. Heck, I’m still hoping I grow to love it, I just expected the build-up to be epic. In that sense, it fell flat for me.
  • Ernest is a cinnamon roll and I ADORE him.
  • The shirt ripping had me giggling. I won’t lie.
  • Lord M. Oh dear God. Initially he’s almost hopeful when Victoria comes to him complaining about Albert. Then the longing even though the realisation of what was coming dawned pretty quickly… and lastly the subtle, yet undeniable pain when it was confirmed. *sob* But he steps aside without hesitation. Because that’s the kind of man he is. If anything, I fell in love with him even more.
  • Only a fool would turn you away, Lord M whispers after Victoria confides in him. It. Broke. My. Heart.
  • Miss Skerrett, you be careful. That’s a slippery slope you’re currently on.
  • Oh Penge! Trust you to know German at just the right moment! LOL
  • As always, the costumes and sets are magnificent!
  • Shipper feelings aside, Tom Hughes is a fine actor. He’s just not aesthetically what I find attractive in a man. Seriously, a mustache is just not my jam.
  • Bottom line: Victoria and Albert is a done deal. But if I was meant to love Albert unconditionally, then Rufus Sewell should never have been cast. He’s ruined me for all others. #TeamMelbourne I will go down with this ship. 
Customer Service Matters

I make the majority of my props and sew all of my costumes. Sometimes a friend will give me something for a costume, and occasionally if I see a really good deal I will buy something that I either didn’t have the time or facilities/equipment to build. There are a lot of talented prop makers out there and what sets the best apart from the remainder is good customer service.

Last week on the same day I bought 2 different things from two different craftsmen. They were both pre-made, ready to ship items. Both men agreed to ship as soon as payment was recieved, and to mail the packages with tracking and insurance, and to provide me with the tracking number immediately after shipping. I sent payment. I waited 2 full business days. I sent each man the exact same message.
“Hello! I sent the payment as discussed. May I have the tracking number please?”
The first man answered and said that he’d sent the package immediately upon receiving payment and mailed it priority so it should have arrived by now. He promised to get the tracking number as soon as he could (he was at work and it was at home.).

The second one snapped at me, claimed that he hadn’t spent the money yet and that the payment had only been received a few days ago. He said he would send it today.

I never accused him of anything. It’s not relevant whether he spent the money or not. I just wanted the tracking number as discussed. and also the agreement was that the package would be shipped when payment was received. but I’m not about to get into an argument over it so I ignored his rudeness. He then said he would give me the tracking number when he shipped it. There has been no contact since.

The first seller got back to me and explained that my package had slipped between the seats in his car and as he had been mailing several things that day he did not realize what had happened until checking his USPS receipt and not seeing my address on it. He promised to deliver it immediately and include an extra gift as an apololgy.

The gift is unnecessary but very kind. The fact that he maintained a polite tone throughout the transaction is what sets him apart, as well as the fact that he realized he promised to ship immediately and did not due to unfortunate circumstances, and apologized for it. I will recommend him to anyone and tag him in all photos using his props.

I hesitate to tag the other seller. I don’t like to recommend people who have poor customer service no matter how good the product is. There are kinder people who provide the same service. I have yet to receive the product or tracking info. So when this costume debuts I may name the seller but I will provide no links and if anyone asks me about him I will be entirely honest. Customer service is just as important as the product to me.

@caskettmyheart wrote a thing to go with it. Enjoy!

She groaned as she got pulled into Laura’s old bedroom at her childhood home. “Ugh Laura, is this really necessary?” she asked as Laura let go of her hand and sped to her closet, threw it open and started throwing shirts into the room. Pieces of clothing came flying around her and she was about to protest yet again when a sock landed on her head and silenced her.

“Yes, Carm! I absolutely can’t watch this movie without it! You have no idea how long I’ve been looking for an opportunity to wear this!” Laura sounded excited as ever as she lit up, thought she found a piece of the costume she was looking for, only to frown and throw it behind her, realizing it wasn’t the right one.

“There’s always Halloween or costume parties the Zeta’s throw.” She sighed but happily smiled a second later as she plopped down onto Laura’s bed and regarded her girlfriend. As much as she didn’t understand Laura’s obsession with this movie, she’d go along with it if it made her happy.

“No, no. This is special, you’ll see!” Laura exclaimed before continuing to look for the suit.

“I found it!” Laura exclaimed and rapidly started to pull it on.

From downstairs, the doorbell rang and a moment later, LaFontaine bounded up the stairs, yelling: “Laura, show me, show me, show me!” Referring to the costume Laura hadn’t allowed their friend to see until their movie night.

The second LaFontaine came through the door, Laura spun around, outfit all assembled and yelled, “Who you gonna call?!”

Ariana Grande Songs

Aries - Bang Bang

  • How it is when you enter the room - BANG BANG!

Taurus - Best Mistake

  • It’s not easy for you to admit when you make a mistake but when you do its pretty damn special

Gemini - Baby I

  • Your talkative nature affects you when you want to express your feelings

Cancer - One Last Time

  • The hold that the past has on you, you find it very hard to let go

Leo - Problem

  • For the Indepedent women

Virgo - Almost is Never Enough

  • Almost is never enough for you, you always strive for perfection

Libra - Right There

  • The costumes from this video is just…PERF for you

Scorpio - Love Me Harder

  • For the sexy Goddesss

Sagittarius - Honeymoon Avenue

  • The travelling metaphor is perfect for the sign who loves to travel

Capricorn - The Popular Song

  • Shows your love for proving someone wrong

Aquarius - Break Free

  • You are so futuristic

Pisces - The Way

  • Shows the deep deep affection that you have in love