We’re veering away from the fashion side of things today to look at something a little more costume focused that still requires a lot of work and a very talented design eye. I stumbled across this short documentary about the costume department of the New York City Ballet titled “Recreating a Tutu”. As a former ballet dancer and a costumer who just finished work on a costume for Kraehe from Princess Tutu, I found it to be fascinating to watch and see how much meticulous work is put into each costume. Plus, they give you an up close look into how they construct both the bodices and the actual tutus. Honestly, I’m just in awe of all the work and detail that they put into these costumes especially since they have to remake them every 10 years!
You can watch the six minute documentary below.
So we’re in the midst of gearing up for Katsucon, an anime convention in National Harbor, MD (February 15-17), and we’re pretty excited about all the new costumes we have planned! We’ll be milling about in the following, so if you see us, feel free to come up and say hello — we are totally full of friendly hellos.
Morning: Outer Senshi joined by our friends as Sailor Neptune, Sailor Moon, and Tuxedo Mask
Afternoon: teaming up as double Psylockes from Uncanny X-Force
Evening: going our separate ways! Bria in Star Wars, and Lin doing a Rinoa & Selphie duo from FF8
Morning: Lin and her Sheryl Nome will be doing the Sayonara no Tsubasa outfits; Bria will be doing a Mara Jade and Leia duo!
Afternoon: Bria joins a Princess Tutu group as Princess Kraehe
Evening: we’ll both be dancing the night away with our friends as a Dance Central group
Bria is the only one of us who will be costuming Sunday, so keep an eye out for her as Joan Watson (with a friend as Sherlock Holmes) from Elementary
So the trailer for Pacific Rim came out over the weekend, and can I just say.
Fall is finally here which means I can finally break out my boots for every day and not just for a costume. Most of us have our fashion weaknesses and I’m perfectly okay with admitting that mine is boots. (I started counting how many non-costuming specific pairs of boots I own and had to stop. It’s an embarrassing number.)
If there is one item in your closet that I think it absolutely worth spending the extra money on, it is absolutely a solid pair of boots. That brings us to anecdote time!
My college roommate and I had completely opposite views about fashion; mainly in regards to where to look for clothes and also how much to spend on them. Getting her to spend more than $10 on an item of clothing was like pulling teeth although she was willing to maaaaaybe go up to $20 for a pair of boots. To me, this was completely unfathomable. Now I’m not saying that you should only buy full price designer clothes. Obviously that would be silly and unrealistic since we’re not made of money. But if you spend $20 on a pair of boots at Charlotte Russe, you shouldn’t be surprised when they fall apart after a season.
In my eyes, boots should be staples in our wardrobe that remain there for year after year that you greet fondly in the fall and bid a bittersweet farewell to in the late spring. Everyone should have a nice pair of boots that they can wear all day year after year. If you go ahead and spend the money on a pair of good quality boots, they will absolutely last you. (To clarify, I’m not necessarily talking about the stiletto boots with leather soles. While those are fabulous (and I’ll admit to owning a pair or two), they aren’t the sort of shoe I’m talking about there.)
Let me give you an example from my own closet:
I positively adore these BCBG boots. I first purchased them from Nordstrom back in 2007 and have worn them faithfully every fall and winter since. They set me back about $140 on sale but have been worth every last penny. These are the boots that I can wear all day (and fit my arch supports much to my physical therapist’s delight) and don’t leave my feet aching. These are the boots that have somehow managed to withstand all of the winter weather that three different countries have thrown at me and survived. And why? Because I put in the investment at the start. On top of that, I honestly believe that nothing beats good quality leather. Good leather not only feels and looks better than the cheap stuff but it is also far more durable and will last you much longer.
As I wrap this up, I realise that I’m starting to sound a little preachy but seriously, folks. Invest in a pair of comfortable and great quality boots in a basic colour. There are a lot of clothes or shoes that you can, without too much regret, veer towards the cheap and easy side but in my mind, boots are really not one them. To me? It makes much more sense to go ahead and spend $100 on a pair of boots once instead of $20 five years in a row. Fashion may be an ever changing medium but there are some fashion staples that will never go out of style. I promise you that you will not regret it when you’re still wearing them years later.