I often receive emails about custom making Super Hero costumes and prices.
There are similar costumes are available online, how ever, the quality is questionable, and there doesn’t seem to be any option other than super cheap and super cheap.
Now between the Super cheap and the super cheap, the only other options are “don’t bother”, “make it yourself”, and my personal favourite “commission a professional!”
That’s where I come in.
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What you don’t see on line when ordering the cheapest available option, is the laddering of the fabric and general wear and tear after even one wear.
Or the flimsy ties that fasten the costume at the back, meaning you spend the whole night with your back to the wall, waving and smiling as if you don’t care, surreptitiously picking the wedgie out of your backside because size “L” ain’t all that large for some. Especially for some of our Eastern Suburbs rugby player sized blokes.
And let’s not get into the whole sweat shop below minimum wage (thats being generous) mass produced production line. I mean, we can go there, but let’s not today.
And all that’s fine if all you want is a cheap joke amongst friends. But really, how do you get into character or experience what it might be like to really be something of that character if all your wobbly bits and hairy back are exposed through flimsy fabrics and holes between the fastening ties?
There are so many layers to wearing costume, other than the actual layers of the costume itself.
There are martial arts practices that recognise the importance of preparation. Winding the sash around and around is like a meditation that prepares the wearer for the role they are about to take on, and all the responsibilities that come with it. Tying the knot in a specific way, the way the hands move with poetic economy are all part of the preparation. Concentration, presence of mind, focused intention.
All things a cheaply considered garment will not afford you.
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So, back to the enquirer with whom this story begins. With a little negotiation and discussion about options, an agreement was reached, and I began work on two masks, one for the fellow in question and one for his friend. It was scary, but fun. It’s always growth inducing to push ones boundaries.
They were so enthused, they came back to commission more pieces! Once you get a sense of the value then the question of cost turns to appreciation, and even gratitude!
And so my friends, it seems my work has only just begun.
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