Poster designed by Christopher Moramarco
In the words of Director Heidi Marshall: Creating live theater is both terrifying and exhilarating. The process is deep and meaningful and lasts forever in the cellular memory. The reward for the risk of an artist is not only creating a gorgeous product (congrats to my Viva Broadway team!) but, more importantly, when one has an inspired journey.
I received a unique invitation to participate in Viva Broadway as Wardrobe stylist for a cast of theatrical veterans and young rising stars. District Stage
Company's Viva Broadway is the first event funded by a Knight Arts Challenge Grant awarded to the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center for an initiative called Bring It Home Miami aimed at reconnecting established artists to their home community.
With direction by Heidi Miami Marshall
(yes, that’s the Broadway and film director’s real name) and musical direction by Alex Lacamoire
, the show featured Tony Award winner Karen Olivo
, Nina Lafarga
, Jose-Luis Lopez, Eliseo Roman
, Janet Dacal
, Henry Gainza
and Andy Señor Jr.
, with special guest Jon Secada
. Woven into the fabric of an evening built around the theme of home are 14 Miami-Dade high school performers who won their roles through a New York-style audition.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/17/3694954/viva-broadway-brings-miami-talent.html#storylink=cpy
Constructed from Burlap with Metallic coating
Washington D.C. — Born Free USA's annual fur-free fashion competition once again attracted a wide variety of designs from around the world, reflecting the continued belief by emerging design stars in the benefits of shunning fur, protecting animals and the environment, and embracing the green fashion movement. Winners of Born Free USA's 5th Annual fffashion Competition
were announced August 28th 2013, after a celebrity judging panel made their final decisions.
According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free, "Over the past five years our fur free fashion competition
has been celebrating and encouraging those in the fashion industry to implement a fur-free work ethic and a commitment to the environment. We want to identify and celebrate emerging designers who believe in animal welfare and wildlife conservation and have no interest in perpetuating the cruel fur industry. We are impressed with these winning designs chosen by our generous panel of celebrity judges and hope for a future where these eco-conscious designers can influence the fashion industry against using fur."
Judges for the competition this year were award-winning television, film, and theater actress, Joanna Lumley; international design and couture legend, Elizabeth Emanuel, perhaps best known for creating Princess Diana's wedding gown; international top model and reality television star, Joanna Krupa; actress and television host, Katie Cleary; costume designer, fashion historian, and professor, David James Cole; and Hollywood fashion designer to the stars, Dalia MacPhee. The panel also includes Brita Belli, editor of E/The Environmental Magazine and Summer Rayne Oakes, eco-model, activist, and green living expert.
Crucial impressions and assumptions are made based on our image and within seconds opinions are formed. An effective image for an artist is a conduit to garnering attention and using it as a tool to their advantage.
Behind every successful artist/entertainer there is most certainly a well tuned image consultant. All artists of note have certainly profited from the advice and skill of an image consultant or experienced fashion stylist. I work closely with talent to create a unique image that best represents who they are as a artist or who they want to become.
The public is extremely judgmental to performers picking apart the slightest flaw. An image consultant teaches the things an artist needs to consider to succeed in a world where time is sparse, impressions count more than ever and a powerful image can make or break you.
Besides giving advice on flattering colors and silhouettes, image consultants can boost clients' confidence, enhance persuasion skills and communication abilities. With a strong put together image, fine-tuned body language, social grace and networking tactics, clients feel better prepared in the ruthless entertainment business.
Image Consultants are a rich source of information including contacts to bespoke tailors, the best shoe makers for dancers, sourcing the most slimming and seamless undergarments. From fashion and grooming to fitness and etiquette an image consultant will seamlessly pull together not only an effective wardrobe but offer cosmetic and fitness advise, as well as putting them in touch with leading hair and makeup artists.
My services including all of the tools, skills, talent, experience and connections to create a powerful marketable image for a client. A strategic visionary with proven track record of industry image consulting services with A list talent.
Specialties: | Brand Building | Strategic Planning | Image Marketing | Costume Design | Wardrobe supervision | Artist Relations | Sponsorship/Endorsement Procurement | Entertainment Development/Production | Customized Promotion | Live Event Management | Insider Insight On Music/Entertainment Industry Market Trends | Media Strategy
Jim Camacho Record release, Van Dyke Cafe Miami Beach
Friend and client Jim Camacho
has been singing his songs and coming up with clever tunes for decades. Bred from a successful rock band produced by Tom Dowd, Jim has had a varied and distinguished career in the arts including recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, and radio. The recipient of numerous awards, most recently the New Times’ "Best Songwriter" and "Best Acoustic Performer,” Jim has contributed to the soundtracks of several films, including the Grammy nominated, “Tom Dowd & the Language of Music,” Paris Hilton’s “Pledge This,” and “Fatboy,” which was nominated at the Sundance Film Festival for “Best Use of Music in a Documentary.” His 90’s band, The Goods, released five albums including the rock opera 5 Steps to Getting Signed, which won “Album of the Year” at the Florida Jammy Awards. The single “I’m Not Average” from their critically acclaimed album MINT reached number 1 on the R&R charts in Florida and the band as also the subject of a documentary which aired on VH1. As a solo artist, Jim has released three albums thus far winning the Gold Remi in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for the video of “Houdini.” The concert version of his musical, Fools’ Paradise, was performed in Miami and New York and a full scale workshop directed & choreographed by Jonathan Cerullo was staged recently for producers and investors. Additionally, he has toured extensively performing at Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theater, and the Mirage Hotel, and has taken part in recent tours by such national acts as John Legend and Alicia Keys.
Burlap bodice with cowry shell detial.
Lately I have been researching more eco friendly materials and elevating their importance by incorporating them into high fashion designs. One of the most simple, oldest, inexpensive and eco friendly textiles that comes to my mind is Burlap. It is beige in color and has a large weave pattern, allowing burlap to have the ability to "breathe." Burlap is very strong and does not tear easily. It can withstand being exposed to water repeatedly and can be produced in many sizes and and widths according to need.
Burlap comes from the jute plant which was grown almost exclusively on the Indian sub-continent during the 1700s and right up through today. Though Burlap is though of as having a rough sac like textile and would be thought of as undesirable in contemporary fashions. I have set out to reinvent burlap and give it some much needed positive fashion PR. By experimenting with different finishes I have achieved new textures with the most readily available basic fabrics easing the coarseness and adding a fresh perspective. Burlap can also be dyed in many colors with a fiber reactive dye if the natural brown jute color is not to your liking. In the coming months I will be posting my results.
In 2010 I used basic brown burlap for the bodice of a 1790's costume I created for a fantasy character inspired by the Artwork of Edouard Duval Carrie. I collaborated with Edouard while working on the South Dade Art and Cultural Center opening, in which the works of Edouard Duval Carrie and myself along with several local Miami artists were featured.
A new reality serious from TNT called "The Hero" has just started production in Panama to be aired this summer. I worked with Stun Creative in January to produce promo stills and shorts. Utilizing my wardrobe magic, I seamlessly made Dwayne's tops tear away layer by layer to reveal "Strength", "Courage" & "Temptation".
The Hero will bring nine ordinary people together in an unexpected and dramatic setting, then assign them various missions that will test their brains, their brawn and even their morality. The show will challenge the competitors to prove they've got what it takes to be heroes, pushing them to their limits to see what they are willing (and able) to overcome, undergo or sacrifice. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will serve as The Hero's mentor and motivator, encouraging the contestants to reach far beyond their personal limits. In the end, one player will rise above the others, overcoming obstacles he/she never thought possible for a chance to walk away with up to a million dollars.
I had a ball working with this group for the 25th edition of Premios Lo Nuestro. Former Menudo allum Draco and Ricky Martin share the stage for the first time in many years. Backed by all an star band lead by David Cabrera
they performed a new song together Mas y Mas. Again, always a special honor to work with this group.
Livia Firth of Eco Age held an environmentally friendly competition open to designers from all over the globe to submit sketches of their ultimate dream eco dress. Although I did not win the overall competition it was nice to be mentioned for my efforts. My was design shared as a part of the final results-noted as one of the top favorite designs (top right corner).
I submitted a sketch of my original design, a flamenco inspired dress constructed of organic cotton lace in natural white. I kept the patterning simple to showcase the beautiful lace and to minimize fabric waste in the cutting process. Straight cut gathered ruffles with raw natural edges further conserve fabric and machine finishing.
Congratulations to the other designers, the ideas and sketches were very at a very high standard.See winner & favorite sketches
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I had the incredible opportunity this summer to work with international Latin recording artist Chayanne and his current world tour (Gigantes3) with Marc Anthony. Gigantes3 is a follow up to the very successful 3 Amigos tour in 2005 featuring Chayanne, Marc Anthony, & Alejandro Fernandez. The current Gigantes3 tour is scheduled to travel to dozens of cities in North, South, and Central America in 2012 playing to tens of thousands in each city. The concert set to feature Chayanne, Marc Anthony, and a rotation of other notable acts in Latin pop such as Marco Antonio Solis, Pittbull, Fonseca, and Carlos Vives.
The chance to take on the design of a concert tour is always a test of endurance, creativity, passion, and patience. I designed and crafted numerous custom designs for the eight dancers showcased in Chayanne's pop show in addition to custom and designer fashions selected for Chayanne. Every opportunity as a designer is a chance to experiment, learn, grow, challenge, and rise to the occasion with new concepts, fabrics, silhouettes, and solutions. I believe I have a great skill for designing in a live show. Costumes must move effortlessly with the performer and make them look good from all sides all while enhancing the performance and creating an unforgettable experience for the fans. I also have to consider the durability of the fabrics and trim as well as the maintenance of the garments in a traveling show. Concepts of of the show ranged from heroics, Motown, Tango, Glamour, and Illusion.
For this tour I used thousands of studs in my designs, and countless crystals. The process took me about two months to sketch, source, pattern, and construct in time for the first show on August 3rd at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Another large colorful feather in my cap.
For decades anything Addams Family has always been inspiring to me. Since watching reruns of the original 1960's television show in the 80's, to the remake in the form of movies starring Angelica Houston in the 90's I have remained obsessed with the characters. My interest was greatly renewed after experiencing the Addams Family Broadway National tour last Halloween. Ever since I have been dead set on creating my own version of the Morticia costume. Taking ques from the original character played by Carolyn Jones as well as more modern adaptations I spun my own creation sticking to all black with textural contrasts in matte knit, metallic lace, and black chiffon with subtle sparkle touches of black jet crystal.
One of the most successful aspects of my final result I believe was the fabric manipulation. I wanted the silhouette to be sleek and sexy but also resemble a wilted flower. I think I successfully achieved this look on the dress sleeves and the skirt gores inserted into the seams of the mermaid pattern. Fabric selection is so important and critical to the success of the design and experimentation is necessary to determine the right materials and techniques. I had experimented with a few different fabric scraps before finding the right ones and wilted the fabric with my steam iron. I recycled a trumpet skirt pattern for wovens that I have used several times before to much satisfaction. I combined my own bodice pattern to the skirt and added bell sleeves to achieve the basic silhouette for my Morticia dress, I increased with seam allowances about an 1/8 to adjust for the knit fabric. I then added in the accent fabrics into the skirt gores and flared sleeves. I used the fabric raw edges as a finish. A clever bra, synthetic wig, makeup, and platform boots complete the look. I will debut my new costume tonight at a neighborhood block party. Luckily there are some fantastic Morticia Addams makeup tutorials on youtube will teach you everything you need to know about getting the dramatic look. I love the look so much I wish I could live in the character for more than one night!
In 2009, Morticia was included in Yahoo!
's Top 10 TV Moms from Six Decades of Television for the time period 1964–1966. AOL
named her one of the 100 Most Memorable Female TV Characters.