Fine Arts

Costume Design By… Marcy?

Postcard for Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa
Design by Alex Amerri

Cynthia:  Okay, Marcy. We got asked to do costumes for the play I am co-producing for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa, a new play by Jeffery Atik.

Marcy:  You?

Cynthia:  Us!

Marcy:  You’ve never done that in your life. You don’t know how to operate a sewing machine. You are a fashion disaster most of the time. What’s wrong with them? Don’t they have eyes?

Cynthia (nonchalantly):  Apparently, if you are the only woman on the producing team and have a semi-fashion blog, people will assume you know fashion stuff.

Marcy:  And you said yes?!

Cynthia:  WE said yes. Or, I said yes for you. It will be your name in the program. Costume Design by Marcy Very Much.

Marcy: Don’t they know I’m a cat?!

Cynthia:  Oh yeah. They think it’s cool. I figured we could document our progress on the blog.

Marcy:  You mean our panic.

Cynthia (brightly):  That too! So we will have thirteen actors to outfit in 1914 attire. We want the women to look sexy and beautiful and powerful and –



Marcy (panicking):  Thirteen actors in period dress?!! What’s the budget?


Marcy (now screaming):  What’s the budget?!

Cynthia:  There is no budget.

Marcy faints.

Cynthia (cheering):  Hollywood Fringe Festival – here we come!

Marcy is still passed out.

Cynthia:  It’s okay Marcy! We can handle it!

Cynthia faints too.

Cynthia with the cast and producing team for
Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa


*Our postcard design was done by the super talented, Alex Amerri. Check out his website, Thank you, Alex!


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  • Reply Anonymous May 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    How exciting! I can't wait to read about the process and see all of the pictures!!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 8, 2014 at 6:06 am

      Yay! I was wondering if this would be interesting to my readers!

  • Reply Anonymous May 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    How about making it sort of avante-gardee and put everyone in black catsuits and sombreros?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 8, 2014 at 6:07 am

      Hmmm… interesting… I am sure Marcy would approve of this idea. My director – maybe not so much.

  • Reply Merrie K. May 8, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Wow…I had no idea you were into theater too! This is going to be really cool…so, are you going to sew them or thrift them? I also like the previous idea of sombreros and cat suits. 🙂

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 8, 2014 at 6:12 am

      Uh oh… catsuits and sombreros are getting votes! Hmmm… Marcy will be pleased.
      I was going to rent them but visited the rental place today and I think it is going to be too much money. Then I wandered past a Forever 21 and may have struck gold. So I will have to blog post about that!!!

  • Reply Liana May 8, 2014 at 2:59 am

    That's so awesome! Looking forward to seeing your progress!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 8, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Oh awesome! I will update my progress and see if I can get the actors to participate too!

  • Reply GnomeLover May 8, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Oh my gosh! Congratulations! And what are you going to do?! Marcy better watch it. That cat fur could come in handy. Would she think bald is chic?

    That picture is so rad! You look so happy! I am so excited for you. I cannot wait to see what you come up with!


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 8, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Thank you, Jenni! You are always so awesomely supportive! Good thing for Marcy is that I realized that I need light fabrics since it may be hot in the theatre in June. So no – she will not have to give up her fur. I do not think she thinks bald is chic – well for her anyway. On people she thinks it is tres chic.

  • Reply Lisa - respect the shoes May 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    This is so exciting for you guys! I'm picturing a bunch of actors all dressed up to look like the cast of "Somewhere in Time" – do you have a hunky Christopher Reeves-type leading man? ;o)

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 10, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Yes – there will be hotties!
      I loved Somewhere in Time and Christopher Reeves. So dreamy. I wish we had the budget for those costumes.

  • Reply Whimsical Preppy May 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I really look forward to seeing the process for the play. My daughter is into acting and just finished her second play for her school. She is also going to do a summer theater workshop, so that will put 3 plays under her belt in preparation for next year. So as you can see, I am excited about your blog posts about the play!
    Goodwill is always good for blouses, so you could consider that with long skirts.
    Thanks for sharing,

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Oh that is wonderful that you daughter is performing in plays! What plays has she done? Good for her!! Even if she doesn't pursue it as an adult it is such a great way to learn how to project, enunciate, have presence, problem solve quickly, and so much more! Plus- it's fun!
      Thank you for the tip about blouses!! I am not sure why I did not think of that. There are a few near me so I will definitely head over there!!

  • Reply Gwen May 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Cynthia, I've been thinking about this, and do you remember the movie about Frida Kahlo that Salma Hayek produced and stared in? She already had a huge collection of vintage clothes from that era that she dressed herself and the other actresses in, and that was literally half the cast sorted for costumes. Maybe you could find someone like that, someone who collects vintage and would agree to lend them to your theatre company in exchange for a credit in the program – and costs covered on the off chance something gets damaged?

    OR… you could go to a college that has a costume design line and see if one or more of the students would like to collaborate with you! If they could use the experience for credit at their school, they might be happy to make costumes as long as they get credited and don't have to pay for materials…GOOD LUCK!!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 13, 2014 at 6:02 am

      Awesome ideas, Gwen! Thank you!
      I DID just see that Frida Kahlo film. It was sooo good. And oh my gosh the costumes were magnificent. I had no idea that many of them were from her personal collection.
      We have a theatre collective warehouse here in Los Angeles that I visited a few days ago to scope out costumes and props but I have decided that they are just too expensive for our Fringe Festival project. I am scared to death of damages and the cost to dry clean and repair their vintage stuff. I am heavily leaning towards Forever 21 now and not going the period route but maybe just suggesting it. Also, Stacey's suggestion of Goodwill and a vintage/thrift store here called Jet Rag. Plus, the Forever 21 stuff is so lightweight. It is going to be hot hot hot and the actors will only have 15 minutes to get dressed before the show and 15 minutes after the show to get undressed. Whew – my mind is whirling…I may inquire about your college theater idea too! Thank you again, my fellow theatre friend! Mmmmwha!

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