“I want to look like a movie star, not a ” ..what were his words?.. “cheap mock up”
Gasp! Heaven forbid.
I’ll take a moment here to point out that a real costume for a movie star can easily cost ten thousand dollars, properly tailored, with time to properly line everything up, and hand tack etc, after the finest materials have been bought, and treated and printed, or broken down, and fitted several times, and you have 3 or 4 or 6 people working on the same costume, and it’s tailored to suit the exact needs of the designer…so many people need to be paid for the processes. There can be a lot of effort and consideration that goes into one costume.
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Let me tell you, when an individual comes along with a budget that allows for best quality materials, I get really excited.
This folks, this is the fun stuff.
I get costume enquiries everyday, sometimes several, and find that most often the only clients with the budget to get things properly made are production companies, performers who make a living with their costumes, and the occasional individual desiring to make a stunning entrance on their special day, and the odd “just for fun” occasions. I love those people.
Materials for this Robin:
- fine natural cotton/linen blend for the shirt
- Special, more coarse (yet still soft to the skin) brown linen for the pants
- a relatively inexpensive deep forest green for the hooded cloak, and an appropriately matching deep forest green satin lining. I made up a leather and metal stud fastening for the front.
- a forest olive green suede
- chocolate brown cow hide
- a couple of handfuls of studs
- a sprinkle of eyelets
- elastic for the armbands
- interfacing for the shirt collar and pant waistband
- buttons for shirt cuffs and pants
- fly zip
- leather lacing for the vest
- feather – for cap
When you break it all down, you begin to realise how costs can add up.
There’s the research hours, the phone calls, the driving around town checking and sourcing.
At the end of the day, a costume like that is hard to part with once it’s finished. The materials alone were over for hundred dollars and I took forty two hours working on it from beginning to end.
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