Costume

Adorable Kids Recreate Met Gala Looks

For over six years, photographer Tricia Messeroux has been recreating iconic style moments with adorable kids through a project she calls Toddlewood. Her latest photo shoot brilliantly tackles the incredible fashion at the 2017 Met Gala.

“I was excited but nervous to give the Met Gala the Toddlewood treatment,” Messeroux told HuffPost. “The Met Gala is the gold standard for high fashion and creative costumes by some of the most amazing designers.”

For over six years, photographer Tricia Messeroux has been recreating iconic style moments with adorable kids.

Messeroux make-up artist Shameika Simmons, hair stylist Peta-Gaye Antoine and wardrobe designers Mo Glover and Quianna Mercurius to transform a group of kids, ages 3 to 6 into the standout stars of the Met Gala red carpet.

The photographer said it took 48 hours to make the designs, and for the first time ever, she put her camera down to work on the costumes ― along with some help from Michaels craft stores and her daughters, Skylar and Sunday.

“I was excited…

The Making of Cardboard Knight at Bindlestiff Studio’s “The Geek Show”

Just as you don’t need a cast of professional actors to put on a great show, you don’t need fancy equipment or a disposable income to produce fantastic costumes. At the Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco, a volunteer-run performing arts center and cultural epicenter for the local Asian-American acting community, The Geek Show (not to be confused with the Geek Show Podcast) is a “dynamic multi-genre Bay Area-based theater show designed to showcase, satirize, and subvert the phenomenon of geek culture.” The show features a culturally diverse cast and tackles Asian-American life, bullying, sexism in gaming, and lack of Asian representation in Hollywood.

One of The Geek Show’s skits, “Cardboard Knight,” is a powerful choreographed movement piece that tells the story of a young maker and addresses bullying and the perseverance against adversity. Writer and director Marc Abrigo (who also stars as the protagonist) summarizes, “A young student is bullied for his LARPing hobby by other students. Slowly, but surely, he puts on his homemade armor piece by piece trying to find the courage to stand up to them.” As the title implies, the costumes created for this skit were entirely made of cardboard, tape, velcro, and a little hot glue, fitting the narrative of a young student’s resourcefulness and typical lack of income.

Photo by Paciano Trifuno

Prop-maker and cast member Nicolette Dionisio had little experience making props before the show. While discussing the skit one night, Nicolette and stage directors Thomas Paras and Marc Abrigo had been playing the video game For Honor, and thought “What if it was a samurai and viking who save the [cardboard] knight, like the three factions from the game?” From there, Nicolette was entrusted with the creation of the costumes with the criteria that it “had to be easy to move around in and had to be charmingly janky.” Additional aspects of the design were inspired by other video…

Weekend Watch: Cosplay, Painting, and Drumming with Gladzy Kei

Next time you find yourself needing a cosplay fix, look no further than Gladzy Kei’s YouTube channel. Packed with time-lapse videos and exquisite costume results, this channel is a treasure trove of tips and methods. She doesn’t come out and explain every single tiny step she takes, but I did learn quite a bit just by watching how she put things together.

Moana seems like a simple enough costume to piece together, but what about that necklace? Watch as Gladzy creates it from scratch! Instead of going out and hunting for a cabochon that happens to look similar enough, she sculpts what she wants out of hot glue and worbla thermoplastics.

Worbla is pretty amazing stuff. I was mesmerized watching how Gladzy shaped it to create this Wonder Woman breast…