This episode is when we were really able to start DESIGNING.
Up until this point, we were just scrambling one step ahead of disaster, trying to make sure that everyone had clothes.
Things had settled into just enough regular mayhem, that we started focusing on designs, details, colors, tones, and how costumes work together in a scene. The coats for Claire and Geillis being a prime example of what you ultimately do as a costume designer. Our biggest struggle as designers is getting enough time. Everyone thinks we just rent it all, including the people we work for. So there is very little time to make the clothing needed. Every show the time to prep gets shorter and shorter. Everytime we as designers deliver impossible deadlines, we undercut ourselves, and all other designers, and set a new normal, we all have to work to. It is truly a Catch 22.
Anyway, this dress was one of the first costumes I got really excited about. We finally had a permanent and very talented cutter, our third in about two months. The result was very exciting.
(Sorry, there wasn’t time to petticoat the mannequin, so the dress doesn’t quite fall the way it should)