What I wanted to find at this year’s trip to the LA Garment District was something to go with this hot pink and silver (polyester) sari I’ve had in the Stash for years:
I made a sketch of my costume concept in Tara Maginnis’ drawing class at Costume College (shown at left). The idea is an 18th-century robe a la francaise in black, using the hot pink sari for the petticoat and stomacher and the black gown will be trimmed in hot pink.
Now I’m totally set on the pink action! The big inspiration came from the trim. It’s hot pink lace with sequins and was amazingly inexpensive. Then I got hot pink low-slub dupioni silk to back the sari (which is rather sheer) and to make ruched trim.
But the piece de la resistance is the petite hot pink tricorn made by Jennifer, aka The Ruby Raven. Kendra pointed it out at the LJ meetup at Costume College, and *bam* I was sold.
Still need to get the black silk (or a poly blend; it’ll get wet in Venice), but that doesn’t require color matching, so I can buy online.
Oh, and I wanted to buy 50 silver buttons for Thomas’ Carnivale coat. Mission accomplished, quite affordably.