Wednesday, 24 August 2011

I'm so excited

I am so excited about the job I start tomorrow but I can't tell you anything about it!
Except that it is TV and a few specials of what was a very popular sit com not so long ago.
I don't think I will be allowed to post anything until after transmission.
Sorry sweetie darling!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Glorious 39

Has anyone else ever seen the film Glorious 39 (2009) I came across it on the BBC 
IPlayer recently. It is a Stephen Poliakoff film with  Romola Garai in the lead who is also currently in the BBC's period piece The Hour. I first saw her in  The Crimson Petal and the White but looking at her Wikipedia entry she has a huge body of work. I really enjoy watching her and Glorious 39 has stayed with me the last couple of days as it is a great thriller. I'm sure some will say the plot is rather silly and fanciful, I agree it is not very plausable, however as a piece of escapism I loved it.

It is of course the costumes I wish to draw your attention to most of all, they are divine and she wears them so well. I would love a wardrobe (and figure) like hers.
This blue suit in particular was very versatile.

There is quite a stellar cast in all, Bill Nighy, David Tennant, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Christie, Jenny Agutter and Christopher Lee amongst them.
There is only a few more days on Iplayer so be quick.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Moving on

My last post was in the midst of the London riots. I was in rather a state of shock and had no words to express myself. So I chose a few of the uplifting pictures that appeared. As we all know things have calmed down now, I am still a little jumpy when I hear the distant sirens but life is pretty much back to normal. Although the root causes of the disturbances haven't gone away and much has to be done to stop this happening again. We were lucky in my area that only a few local shops were looted, a couple of friends had it right outside their doors.

I stayed in the flat during this time, I still can't understand why so many people turned it into a spectator sport and went out to have a look, it's beyond me. Anyway on the Wednesday I was doing another photo shoot for the Old Vic which was due to finish around 10pm. So I had no choice but to be out. Happily it was right by Waterloo (in fact in the Waterloo tunnels) and I live right by a station so no walking through dark streets to get home. As we were packing up at the end of the shoot I had a message from the fella, he had come to meet me and escort me home, my hero. 

So back to the shoot, it was a follow up to the Robert Sheehan shoot we did a few weeks ago. This time with the three main cast members, lovely Robert again, Ruth Negga and Niamh Cusack. The other difference was that this time I was to source the costumes. I went to Cosprop which is an amazing costume hire place on Holloway Road. I met with Lynette Mauro who is the costume supervisor for the play, she was there working on another production. We had a meeting where she showed me reference pictures and explained the look her and the designer wanted to achieve. Lynette's knowledge of the miles (no exaggeration ) of rails meant she was able to show me the best places to look. So armed with the actors measurements, a tape measure and my list of items off I went.

view from a mezzanine 
view from a very tall ladder amidst the Edwardian jackets

Robert was to wear the same costume as before, this had come from Angels, another huge establishment often used for films and TV as well as theatre. So all I needed for Robert was a couple of choices of jacket, heavy wool style quite long was the brief. These I found in the Edwardian department.

For Ruth and Niamh I needed corsets, chemises, petticoats, blouses, skirts and work style boots. Niamh was also to have aprons and shawls.

distracted by negligees while searching for aprons

A couple of hours later I had amassed several choices for Lynette to look over. Happily she approved my selection and arrangements were made to hire the costumes in time for the shoot.
Cosprop is an amazing place and John Bright the costume designer who founded the company won an Oscar for 'A room with a view' plus several other nominations. I was wardrobe manager on a Chekov play he designed with Kristen Scott Thomas several years ago at the Playhouse on the Embankment. His knowledge of period detail is astounding.

The shoot itself went very well, it was the same team who had produced the previous shoot a very pleasant bunch. The actors were in the first week of rehearsals so buoyed up with ideas. Putting an actress in a corset for the first time can be hard but both these ladies had worn them before and the rest of the costumes I chose all fitted perfectly so I was a happy bunny. 

down in the Waterloo tunnels

I can't show any finished pictures until the professional shots are on display so here is the set up, not very glamorous but the wall has wonderful texture.

In other news I dreamt about many of the vintage loving bloggers I read last night, frustratingly I can't remember much detail but I believe we had fun and we may have been in Australia. What a fabulous meet up that would be!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Turkish Delight quickie

Spent a wonderful day at West Wittering
  recently and well I couldn't resist could I? Sitting among the sand dunes, I found a brief window between my paddling and sunbathing to pose for a Turkish delight inspired photo.  

The real thing
Mmm sun melted chocolate, maybe not!
I didn't quite manage the enigmatic expression as I was giggling but apart from the lack of make up and bright sunshine not a bad effort I reckon. What do you think? Maybe I shouldn't ask.

Do not fear proper costume related posts will return very soon, the Autumn looks to be shaping up quite nicely work wise. I found a few nice things in Chichesters charity shops while we were in the area so I will share those soon as well.

The original Turkish delight advert is here check out the Sheik, the wind machine gets a little lively and one point and his face is almost smothered . Pure class I tell you.