Sometimes it's actually my job to go to a thrift store. Seriously! As a costume designer you have to go thrifting to make your budget work. Sunday I hit a few thrifts in search of sexy dresses for my girls in The Lover . My goal was to find a simple, classic, sexy dress for the leading lady as well as her at home casual look. I also was on a quest for a jersey knit wrap dress for one of our dancers. Here is what I bought:
For Lisa who plays Sarah, the lead.
My only trepidation is that it may be a little too small and a little too short. So we search for Option 2. I found two little black dresses, because a little black dress is always sexy. The one on the left is from Goodwill for $7.99. (Designer Boutique price.) But this week blue tags are half off so I got it for $4. Score! The dress on the right is a generic brand knit dress. It is not low cut enough for our purposes, but I can fix that. I know that Lisa will like the cut of the dress and the thickness of the fabric. It was $4.50 at Savers.
So the complication with this design is that this casual at home look has to fit over the sexy dress. Because Lisa has to make a costume change from one scene to another by herself in like 3 nanoseconds. Alvin, our director, suggested an exotic mu mu....
That statement made me think of Mrs. Roper from Three's Company: hmmm...too 70's
Then I thought of Ulie from Project Runway: hmmm.... too Miami.
Then I thought: Damn, I wish I could afford some fabulous Tory Burch dress
Thanks Liberty of London for Target.
Next step is to try them on the girls and see if they fit and work with the choreography and blocking. I also need to find some shoes, the thrifts were a bust in that department. I had a lot of right thing-wrong size moments.
I hope you all enjoyed your trip through a costume designers brain, but of course I took a quickie perusal through the house wares, just in case...
Georges Briard Fire King Casserole for $4.99
California Pottery Dish for $1.00
Three vintage wise men made in Italy for $.49 ea.
The wise men are similar to my mothers set which is early mid-century. According to her, Woolworth's would put out bins of Nativity Figures at Christmas so you could mix and match your creche. The figurines were either from Japan or Italy. I recognized them immediately as being vintage and snatched them up. There was also an Italian Mary and Baby Jesus that were slightly larger in scale, but that slack-ass Joseph was no where to be found so I left them to their fate.
Once again I'm linking up to Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday.