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Costume Supervisor: The Time I Moved to Texas for a Month

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I’ve been trying to write something here for about two hours now. I’ve got about five different drafts of posts going and can’t seem to finish any of them! Maybe I’m tired, maybe my brain is fried from the Texas sun, maybe I’ve finally seen TOO MANY CLOTHES in the past week and I’ve reached my shopping limit? Nah, that can’t be it. Let’s go with me being tired. :)

This movie wardrobe business is definitely different than anything I’ve ever done before! How about today’s post is just a little update on that? Good? Good.

First, in case you don’t know. I’m currently living in Texas working as the costume supervisor for a movie. When I was first approached about doing this it was much smaller in scale. I knew some basics: it was set in the late 1950s, there would be two leads, a handful of featured actors, and maybe a hundred or so extras that would need period appropriate clothing. It sounded fun and like a good challenge. Plus, I would get to combine shopping with research and those are two of my favorite things ever!


Since that time, the movie has, well, grown. Now I need to be prepared with clothing for extras…of between 500 and 1,000 people. (Please, please let some of these people show up dressed already!) That’s a lot of clothing! Luckily I have an assistant coming who I meet tomorrow and the night of the big scene with extras I’m recruiting some extra help so I don’t have a complete mental breakdown during filming.

One really fun part about this all? 1950s dresses. Sigh.

Etsy $39 etsy $64 etsy $70 etsy 1950s $42 Modclotch Blithe for Life Dress Modcloth Aint Nothing by a Prologue Dress vintage redford $110

I considered all of those dresses for one character (but they didn’t make the  cut). Aren’t they gorgeous? I’m totally in love with this last one with the fitted waistband. I love, love, LOVE it!

Between finding and organizing clothing, ordering dozens of items online for lead options, dying clothing that’s too white for camera, driving back and forth to fittings, craft stores, and 97 trips to Walmart, I’ve got plenty to keep me busy. Plus, I’m still working on this site and Splendry! (My “real” job!) This has been a fun experience so far, but ask me again in October. :)

Read my second update here.

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