Fashion Victims


This looks like a great exhibit coming up at the Bata Shoe Museum!

Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century.

An excerpt of this article: Until electricity, ballerinas also routinely perished when the muslin of their tutus met gas lamps; the deaths were referred to at the time as the “holocaust of ballet girls.”

deadly vic fashion Photo via Macleans

Two Gentlemen of Verona

The “Simply Shakespeare” fundraiser for Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles; a staged reading with actors in street clothes supplemented with some props and more specialized costume pieces. For Two Gentlemen in 2013, I was the Associate Costume Designer, working under Designer Holly Poe Durbin. One of my contributions was this full body canolli suit for Martin Short. The “cream” was white pleather for the desired wet look on stage.



Design Brief: This mixed media makeup was an illusion. The actor was auctioned off in a fundraiser as a piece of art, then the fact that it was a real person in makeup was revealed. ~KM


Pacific Overtures

Pacific Overtures, Irvine Civic Light Opera “Nippon. The floating kingdom. An island empire which for centuries has lived in perfect peace, undisturbed by intruders from across the sea…” That is until Commodore Matthew Perry and an American fleet arrive in 1853 to “open” it up to the West, and a civilization of timeless tradition and seamless serenity begins to unravel under the impact of new ideas. (via)

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Notes: The following two images are a quick change, using a custom painted mask to create the illusion that the makeup had been changed along with the costume. Pacific Overtures002

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