Costume Crafts Steampunk Pirate Leg, "How I Became a Pirate" This steampunk pirate leg (as opposed to the more traditional wooden peg leg) was created for a production of "How I Became a Pirate" for the Children's Theatre of Charlotte. The base of the leg is leather painted gold, with various gears and found-item "gadgets" riveted and/or glued into place. (Costume designer, Marina Arconti)
193637486Period Lace Collar A period collar made for a theatrical production at The Juilliard School.
193637491Queen Elizabeth's crown, replica from the BBC TV series "Black Adder" This crown replica (a private commission) was constructed from a milliner wire frame covered with lace that was then sprayed gold to create the look of metal filigree. The front frame was created from metal/plastic boning, and the trim and jewels were glued/stitched after the frame had been painted.
193637528"Cats" headpiece This "Cats" inspired headpiece was built for one of the stage shows at Paramount Parks. The base hood itself was custom-patterned and stitched from stretch Lycra, as were the ears. The "hair" is made from scraps of various fabrics, hand-stitched to the hood.
193782104"The Great Raj" (hat and shoes), Paramount Parks "The Great Raj" was a featured character in several Paramount Parks stage shows, and wore a Middle-Eastern-themed costume. The shoes were created of bedroom slippers modified with an EVA-foam pointed toe and covered with fabric. The hat base was made of EVA foam, and also covered with corresponding fabric and ornamentation. (Costume designer, George Sarofeen)
193661534Dorothy's ruby slippers This replica of Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" was created for one of the ice skating shows at Paramount Parks. They were created from an existing pair of character shoes covered with red sequin fabric.
193782105"Titanic: The Movie on Tour" docent hat One project undertaken by Paramount Production Services was an international touring exhibit of costumes, props, and other memorabilia from the 1998 Paramount film "Titanic." The docents were all dressed in period clothing similar to that seen in the film, and I built several matching hats, starting with an existing buckram hat base that was extended to create a larger brim, and then covered with fabric. The hats were fully lined, and I created cabbage roses of matching fabric to stitch to the brim along with the ostrich-feather trim. The exhibit won two EVIE (Events in Excellence) Awards from the Charlotte chapter of the International Special Events Society. (Costume designer, George Sarofeen)
193781672Indiana Jones "Villain" turban Another of Paramount Parks' ice-skating shows was one based on the "Indiana Jones" film series, and several "villains" battled with the title character during the course of the show. These "Raiders of the Lost Ark" inspired turbans worn by the villain characters were patterned with full hoods fastening at the neck, with a contrasting fabric at the crown, and matching black fabric for the turban roll and drape. A decorative cord was wrapped around the turban roll, with a tassel stitched to one side.
193782106Klingon, "Star Trek: The Experience" at the Las Vegas Hilton One of Paramount Parks/Paramount Production Services' mainstay projects was creating Star Trek costumes and props for various Paramount properties, including "Star Trek: The Experience" at the Las Vegas Hilton. The Experience featured well-known characters from the Star Trek universe such as the Klingons, and it was my job to re-create many of the insignia and accessories that went with the Klingon costume. Many of the items pictured here were molded of thermal plastic and painted before being attached to the costume; the hilt of the disruptor (gun) was molded of Alumalite, and was only half a prop (the rest of the "gun" was securely stitched into the leather holster). The sash was built of several different types of industrial floor matting cut/glued to shape, with additional thermal plastic insignia stitched to it. The boots were leather English riding boots, with the platform added by an off-site shoe repair professional; I then created the additions (cuff, "horn," tubing, etc) of leather and glued/stitched them directly to the boot.
193783270Klingon spine armor, "Star Trek: The Experience" at the Las Vegas Hilton A recognizable feature of the Klingon warrior costume was the spine armor worn on back of the tunic, and one of my projects involved modifying the design used by Paramount Pictures for longer-lasting use in the Parks and other attractions. To the left in the photos is a screen-used costume piece (worn by the character Alexander Rozhenko in "Star Trek: The Next Generation"); to the left is my recreation. The piece used by Paramount Pictures was made of fiberglass, and was in constant danger of breaking; my modified design was made of heat-molded Sintra board, which was lighter and more flexible. Both pieces were built of individual armor "plates" attached to a leather backing for flexibility.
193783725Borg, "Star Trek: The Experience" at the Las Vegas Hilton Another Star Trek character featured at the Experience was the Borg. Paramount Production Services would receive the raw cold-cast latex pieces from Michael Westmore's studio in California; it was then up to us trim them, create the attachments to hold them in place, and paint/add the detailing from a variety of "found" objects.