Mid-South Renaissance Faire!

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Hey all! Check out the Mid-South Renaissance Faire and if you need a costume you know where to go! I am talking orders now for costumes that meet SCA standards. I can do anything from early medieval to Elizabethan era! (and before and after that as well.)

WORLD UFO DAY!!! July 2 2015

In just a few days will be World UFO Day. I will be there with Glitter Tattoos! I have also been asked by Sony Pictures to provide Glitter Tattoos with Pixels’ Characters on behalf of Pixels Movie! It is a free festival, there will so many things to see and do! Come check it out! Get a glitter tattoo! Also we will be selling some really cool Alien Sun Glasses! So if you need that extra piece for your costume, come by the booth and pick up a pair!

http://worldufodaymemphis.org/

PixelsMovieTeaserPosterThursday July 2 at The Links at Pine Hill, 1005 Alice Ave

Full Day of Events – 8am – 11:30pm

Galactic Parade kicks off at 8am

Followed by the Alien Pet Costume Contest

Midway Rides

Adult Costume Contest

Free Kid Activities

Live music

And MORE!

Cooper Young Here We Come!!!!

Cooper Young Festival is the largest festival in Memphis and always a great place to check out hand made goods. After attending ever since I was a little kid, I have to report that I have officially bought a booth for this years festival! I will be located some where near the front of the house of Mews with all my costumes, Bridal attire, and Hair Products. I am so excited and can not wait to see and tell every one about all the things that I have available.

Come see me!!!!!!!! I know you will be there!

Being a costumer and stylist, I altered my own dress and made my own accessories, naturally.

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Altering Wedding gowns are not easy, fortunately for me I can handle it. So I did. I have to say, I am pretty awesome at it.  Here I had to alter the bodice through four layers of fabric while removing and replacing the lace appliques. The finished piece was my wonderful custom fit wedding dress.

11011934_1018647214846187_5223296444834066161_nAlso I needed a veil, the perfect veil, the veil that would precisely compliment my dress. I just could not find it anywhere. Nothing was right, so I, being a costume and clothing creator made the most wonderful veil that draped and flowed and was just the icing on the cake of my whole bridal look. I was a very happy bride.

So with all that said, I would like to offer my custom veil making abilities and dress alteration abilities to all the future brides out there. Because I truly believe that perfection is in the details.

Tis’ the Summer Season!

Summer Festivals and Event are upon us and I just wanted to tell you about one that we plan to make an apprentice at! This coming Saturday June 6th we will be at A Day or Merry Making at Overton Park! Complete with our glitter tattoos and Natural Impact Hair products and Costumes!products basketball tattoo ProBusinessKit

I am your complete Wedding Stylist.

As you all may know I am a costume designer and creator. I also love everything Bridal. So I decided to take all my amazing garment and accessories making skills and put them to use for Brides Everywhere! I have added Bridal Gown alterations, Custom Veils, and Headpieces to my repertoire.

Click on my Wedding Stylist Page in the top menu to see my full services.

So If any of you are in need of Bridal Any thing, Please get in touch!

My services include:

Veils and Head Pieces,

Gown Alterations,

Hair,

and Make-up.

I also have on my site in the shopping area some shoe links. I love wearing dance shoes for weddings, you can always find interesting ones and they are really comfortable to wear all night long! I wore a lovely pair from Apple Dance Shoes, which you can find linked on my page under the shopping tab. new site words

Sample of a wedding dress that I altered to Fit and of a custom-made veil. veil si and pricewedalex

The Cinderella Dress is truly Amazing.

Here is an amazing article about the construction of the fabulous ball gown!

Yes, Lily James, you SHALL go to the ball! Swooning Cinderella fans say it’s the most breathtaking cinema gown ever. Now its fairy godmother designer reveals how she wove her magic

I knew the dress that transforms Cinderella into a beautiful princess needed to be big – very big. It had to be a showstopper.

Sadly, there was no real-life fairy godmother to conjure it up. In fact, it took a team of 20 people 4,000 hours to create eight versions of this very special gown.

The result? Rave reviews when the film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, opened in the UK a week ago.

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Rave reviews: Cinderella is played by Downton Abbey’s Lily James. The film has had excellent reviews with Vanity Fair calling it ‘genuinely magical’

Rave reviews: Cinderella is played by Downton Abbey’s Lily James. The film has had excellent reviews with Vanity Fair calling it ‘genuinely magical’

Vanity Fair called it ‘genuinely magical’, while fans have said the dress is one of the most spectacular costumes ever.

But how do you go about creating the ultimate fairytale gown – and making it look truly magical on screen?

Costume-maker Jane Law and I achieved that with the choice of fabric and by using many different shades of shimmering blue.

Lily James talks corsets and costumes on set of Cinderella

Behind the many layers, the gown is a feat of structural engineering. We started with the underwear: the corset and the crinoline (skirt cage), which was made of steel

Behind the many layers, the gown is a feat of structural engineering. We started with the underwear: the corset and the crinoline (skirt cage), which was made of steel

Fairytale: Cinderella - Lily James - captivates her prince Richard Madden at the ball

Fairytale: Cinderella – Lily James – captivates her prince Richard Madden at the ball

AND THE WAIST? IT’S AN ILLUSION!

• Creator Sandy Powell says outrage over Lily’s slender waist was misplaced. It’s actually an optical illusion – her waist looks tiny because the skirt is so huge.

• The top layer of the gown is silk crepeline, a very lightweight, fine silk. The layers underneath are made up of a synthetic called yumissima, an incredibly light (and very expensive, about £150 a metre) material which floats when thrown in the air.

• Lily always went to the loo before being stitched into the outfit… but if nature called again, a mini camping portable loo was slipped under her dress.

• The designer and her team are sworn to silence about the cost, although some estimates have put it at about £11,000 per dress. But you can buy a similar design on the High Street for £100 – about 100 times less.

Behind the many layers, the gown is a feat of structural engineering. We started with the underwear: the corset and the crinoline (skirt cage), which was made of steel.

Each of the eight versions of the gown is also slightly different. One was 2in shorter and a couple were 4in for the times when Lily had to run; another had holes cut in the sides of the skirt for harness work.

The hems got incredibly dirty as the shoot went on. That proved a headache – these dresses aren’t something you can just throw in the wash.

And it also wasn’t the most practical design. During filming, Lily and Helena Bonham Carter, who plays her fairy godmother and wears an equally huge gown, had to get used to it taking an age to be dressed. In the end, we got it down to a 20 minutes.

THAT DRESS… BY NUMBERS

3 Miles of thread in the hems

250 Metres of fabric in each dress

4,000 Hours it took to make eight different versions of the gown

10,000 Swarovski crystals hand-applied to the dresses

20 Minutes it took to get the dress on

4 Inches one dress was shortened by to help Lily flee the ball at midnight

The trickiest thing Lily had to do in the gown was dance with her prince, played by Richard Madden. They practised endlessly, but poor Richard kept treading on her hems. Of course, when it came to actually shooting, they were faultless.

While I was delighted with the dress’s reception, I was surprised by the obsession with Lily’s tiny waist. People seemed to think it was setting a bad example to young girls. Some even accused the studio of digitally altering it. Ridiculous.

The reason her waist looks tiny is because the skirt is so huge – it’s an optical illusion – and she’s wearing a corset. The film is set in the 19th Century and every woman in the film is wearing one, even the maids.

I understand people get upset when incredibly skinny models appear on the catwalk or in photos. But Lily is not a super-skinny girl – there’s nothing wrong with her body. Cinderella is a girl known for kindness and courage, so it’s sad people just kept talking about her waist size.

Despite the sniping, the dress was everything I hoped it would be.

Cinderella comes to life in new live-action movie trailer

Design: The dress, made of rare, light yumissima fabric, was based on 19th century royal portraits

Frilling: The petticoat had flounced frillsat the hem, with a second three-layeredorganza petticoat placed over the top

Frilling: The petticoat had flounced frillsat the hem, with a second three-layeredorganza petticoat placed over the top

Team effort: The dressmakers work on the petticoat. In total, Lily worea chemise, corset, crinoline, petticoats and the dress – five kilos in total

Team effort: The dressmakers work on the petticoat. In total, Lily worea chemise, corset, crinoline, petticoats and the dress – five kilos in total

Final touches: The detachable ‘bertha’, which topped the fairytale gown, was decorated with dozens of hand-painted butterflies made by Hiroshima artist Haruka Miyamoto.Right: Lily James uses the ‘secrethandles’ built into the crinoline

Final touches: The detachable ‘bertha’, which topped the fairytale gown, was decorated with dozens of hand-painted butterflies made by Hiroshima artist Haruka Miyamoto.

Costumes!

I have officially gone full costume. Right now I am working on a few pieces for the Children’s Ballet Theater in Memphis, and I hope to be in touch with some of the folks at Rhodes College regarding costumes. I am also in the process of designing and creating some costumes for Memphis UFO Day, and hopefully I will be part of the Local SCA as a historical costume merchant. I love dance and historical costumes, period costume accuracy is one of my biggest passions. Let me know if there are any costumes you or your production are in need of, and keep checking my portfolio for updated costume pictures.

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