Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Theatrical Costumes

These costumes were displayed at an exhibition tent of a local theater.  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"The Cotton Film : Dirty White Gold"

Cotton is my favorite choice of fabric. It's soft and breathable. It doesn't irritate the skin, and it's easy to wear. The majority of summer garments in my closet are made of cotton as well as my blue jeans and socks. Where does all the cotton in my closet come from? Most likely from all of the three largest producers in the world, China, India, and The US.

India has a rich history of making cotton that dates back thousands of years. "Indian Cotton History" is a short article written by Connie Krochmal, an award winning author. 

"Dirty White Gold" is a documentary by Leah Borromeo, journalist and filmmaker. The story is about the dark side of cotton farming in today's India.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thrift Store Find

After reading the label, I realized why the little dress was put on the leftover sales rack with a 50% off sticker on it. The strange symbol on the care label indicated that it was dry clean only. 

I thought I would give it a try anyway. I washed it in cold water and nothing bad happened.
It didn't shrink or fade. I ironed it gently when still damp on low temperature. 

According to the label it's 55% polyester and 45% viscose. I prefer natural fibers to synthetic, but I love the color, and it cost next to nothing.  

Dress, Gina Benotti

Earrings, Handmade by me


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is a Halloween themed movie from 1993 directed by Kenny Ortega starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. It's listed as a family movie, but I think it's more for adults than children. What I really like about it is the makeup and costume design. For close-ups of the witch makeups see a set of images here

More than a dozen people worked in the costume department with costume designer Mary E. Vogt to help bring the characters to life. The central theme is how to regain youth; the age-old problem of witches.

Photo courtesy by Jason at hollywoodmoviecostumesandprops

I like Sarah Jessica Parker's dress the best. It makes her look like a princess witch. A character that is too beautiful for a witch, yet too wicked for a princess. She looks wampy with her golden tresses, low cleavage and smoky eye-makeup. Bette Midler's costume is for a queen witch that comes with rabbit teeth dentures, nails that are literally electrifying, and period hair. Kathy Najimy sports a cone-shaped updo and spidery eyelashes.

Jason's site is a treasure box for any fan of beautiful movie costumes. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Monster Claws

The huge wire bin was placed strategically right by the entrance of the tiny store with a giant heap of assorted accessories piled up in it. I couldn't resist checking it out. It was calling for me. Enthusiastically rummaging through the bin, I spotted the claw ring, pulled it out of the bottom of the pile, tried it on, admired it for a few seconds, and bought it on the spot. Ten minutes later, when I tried to remove it from my ring finger, it felt like the claws had a tight grip on me. I had to turn the ring around a few times until I could get it off.  

Shown here is the monster ring gripping Carol's ring finger:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Claw Ring

I'd borrowed a telescope from a nearby observatory and hauled it home. After installing it in my kitchen, I took a few shots of my new ring hovering in the foreground of the far left corner of our galaxy. Here is the result:

Fine. I admit it. It took me sixty-three shots to get that result. That is just a messy dinner plate with some greasy residue on the surface. For me, however, it looks like a spitting image of a tiny fracture of the Milky Way.