Cynthia: Congrats, Marcy! You did such a great job costuming the last play, you got hired again!
Marcy: Oh yeah? What are the deets?
Cynthia: You need to find costumes for a young Queen Victoria, who was quite the fashion plate in her younger years.
Cynthia: Winston Churchill’s mom, Jennie Jerome, who was considered the greatest beauty of her time.
Cynthia: Jennie Jerome was an American from Brooklyn, New York. She was one of the first “Buccaneers”, rich American women who went to England to marry for a title. Think of Lady Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern’s character) in Downton Abbey. Jennie was quite the man killer too. She was rumored to have over 200 lovers.
Marcy (impressed): Go Jennie!
Cynthia: Also, Alexine Tinne, a very rich and very eccentric Dutch explorer, who spent most of her adult life exploring North Eastern and Central Africa. She especially wanted to discover the source of the Nile. Alexine was fearless.
Marcy (impressed): Go Alexine!
Cynthia: And as for the men, we’ve got to outfit a young Winston Churchill, General Charles Gordon, slave trader Zubayr, and his son, Suleiman.
Marcy: The men’s costumes are never as fun. Just tell them all to wear suits and call it a day.
Cynthia: Ummm… well… their costumes are important too. Especially since they have the larger roles.
Marcy: Fine. So what’s the budget?
Marcy: No budget? Again? You’re doing another period piece and expect to me come up with fabulous costumes for… nothing?!
Cynthia: You can spend $100 and I’ll give you all the Friskies you can eat. Deal?
Marcy: I need to consult my agent.
Cynthia: I am your agent.
Marcy: Obviously, I need a new agent.
*The show I am working on is called Getting A Head, a new play by Jeffery Atik. We are running previews at Theater Asylum Lab in Hollywood on November 14,15,16. (i’m playing Alexine!)
*Email MarcyVeryMuch@gmail.com to get a seat. Admission is free/just rsvp. =^..^=
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Hot damn, Alexine sounds like an awesome character for you! Congratulations!!
Costumes are such a nightmare… but I am thinking, have you watched films from the period – or Poirot episodes! There are a few – set in Egypt? There seemed to be a sort of khaki chic thing happening. So I am thinking, maybe if you can buy sort of basic khaki "under-costumes" for everyone except the slave traders, you can then customise them to suit the character? For instance, the panama hats – you could get one for Alexine and customise it with a veil, and a shiny buckle or two? (Do you own a glue gun? They are amazing.) But like, if you wanted a sort of uniform "look", that's what I'd go for – long khaki skirts or culottes for the women! Except possibly Queen Victoria, haha…
Oh my gosh – you would be a great Alexine!
And oh my gosh – you are a wealth of info and good ideas!!! Thank you! Can you believe that I was able to piece together a Queen Victoria costume out of stuff I found at Goodwill?! I thought that she would be the most difficult to find but she was the first one I found.
I do feel that I should invest in a glue gun at some point if I am going to keep doing this.
Thanks again for your ideas, Gwen!!
How exciting! Go Marcy! And Cindy!! Can't wait to see it!!
Yay! Thank you!
This challenge is so huge is makes my head hurt. On most days I can't come up with a costume to wear in my normal life.
However, the Telenovela Wives looked great and I'm certain you will outdo yourself. Good luck, Marcy!
(When you're finished would you shred my jeans? Is that still the style?)
i will happily shred your jeans. and yes, it is the style. just look at the jeans on the anthroplogie site. i will do a much better job.
Good luck! And congratulations on the part! How exciting!
I was so intrigued by the women you featured. I went and looked them up to read more about them. They were fascinating!
I cannot wait to see what you come up with. I know it is going to be amazing. Perhaps shopping for Halloween costumes on the 1st will be in your future? I heard Kmart is having a fabulous sale! I would hit up all of the after Halloween sales or craigslist the week after Halloween.
oooohhhh! I didn't think about that! Thanks for the awesome tip!
Congratulations on another costume job! I think the women's costumes look like so much fun. You should rent Young Victoria with Emily Blunt if you have not seen it already. You can get costume ideas and be entertained at the same time.
I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Thank you, Stacey! Oh I loved that movie with Emily Blunt. I suggested that the actress playing her should see the movie. What a great story!
This show sounds fascinating…someone obviously did their history homework! Congrats again on the triumphs of your kitty! Being a world re-nowned costume designer w/ no opposable thumbs and a set of steak knives attached to each hand is clearly an instance of nurture over nature 🙂 Cant wait to see how things unfold 🙂
LOLOLOL – you are cracking me up, Merrie!
i don't know why cindy thinks your comment is so funny. you are simply speaking the truth. thank you for the congratulations. obvi you are the only one around here who understands me.
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