A couple of weeks ago the ex-First Draper at Dior came and did a 4 hour workshop here at BYU. It was AMAZING! She's a friend of one of my professors and was amazing. Of course she's French and basically spoke in French, draped a coat and told stories (which were lucky told in English). She'll come back next year to do a 2 day Project Runway sort of workshop where we come w/ a sketch and material and by the end of the 2nd day we have a finished garment.
I've been promoted to First Hand in the costume shop. I'm keeping my Wardrobe Supervising position, but now I also sew the costumes together. My first project: Marianne's bodice for Tartuffe, designed by my friend Haleh. It is adorable!!! and almost done. We had one of our last fittings today and it's so amazing!! It's boned w/ piping, of mattress ticking, silk and velvet piping. The most latter was a pain to get in and it turned out I couldn't get it good enough. I handed it off to my boss and after trying she ruled that the velvet we were using was impossible. I've spent the last two days hand binding the edges and it's so exciting!!! I've also worked on the skirt that goes w/ the bodice, as have 6 other people. I'd say it's my favorite costume, but there are SO many AMAZING designs in this show. I'm really expecting it to be one of the best shows BYU's done in years.
I have my renderings for Blood Wedding due the day school starts on January 4th. I get to build the moon and the wedding dress. My design project will be hand dying the moon like this picture. I'm excited to go home over the holidays and paint.
My friend Martha and I were both accepted to the London Theatre study abroad program for Spring '10 (in BYU years that's the end of April through mid June). I'm stoked to visit all the famous English tailors, live in the V&A, go to the Costume Museum in Bath and try to track down SRK while he films in Berlin.
Marth and I have also decided that we need to come in for an hour or so every Saturday (after the holidays) to practice our draping. I had high hopes for some personal projects this semester, but I haven't gotten to them.
I'm taking the Jewelry and Armor and History of Eastern Costume grad courses next semester!
I think I've decided on Theatre for grad school, and am very drawn to the Boston area, esp BU. Whether or not I'll work out of my undergrad I don't know, but I want to get out to Boston ASAP.
Only 3 more semesters then I'll have my Bachelor's in Theatre Arts Studies w/ my emphasis in Costume Design (w/ perhaps a Make Up emphasis).