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Hello All!

This week has been one of the busiest of my life. One of the bigger projects I worked on this week was costume designing (and doing key wardrobe) for a commercial for Empowered By You Panties/ 7 Bar Foundation. I had the delight of designing “breakaway” clothing for two different actors that needed to literally rip their clothes off in one fluid motion, in addition to designing costumes for young, cute versions of Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks from the waist up.

Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks

Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks

 

At first we had some slight trouble with my initial construction of one of the breakaway pieces, but after much rehearsal with our lead talent and a minor alteration (much thanks to my experience in Theater Costume Design and knowledge of quick-rigging) I was able to pull off very well-functioning costume pieces. The challenge of creating specialty costumes is what I love most about designing. Cast and crew were both very fun to work with and the day of shooting was overall  a great experience.

 

Resetting for the next steady-cam shot

Abby Elaina fussing with continuity

What I learned about modesty: I have worked on a closed set before- but how can you recreate that feeling of privacy and professionalism in the middle of downtown Austin? Each of our 4 main principals were nearly nude for most of each take (it was an underwear commercial), and with a lot of standing around and waiting to reset, that leaves a lot of time to be exposed to a crowded downtown city, already overly interested in what is going on. In order to help the talent feel more comfortable, I was waiting with courtesy robes in between each take to help cover up the girls as quickly as possible. Though they started out very hesitant and shy- by the time we were ready to wrap the girls were flaunting it all for the cameras, and didn’t even want the damn robes. Kudos to them, it takes a lot of courage to act as it is- let alone being pant-less while you do it.

 

Abby Elaina holding up courtesy robes for talent