{Prime} How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel AmazingAuthor Alison Freer – Mariahilff.de

Introduction Good Clothes Open All Doors I am a costume designer living and working in Hollywood, California You might be wondering what a costume designer even does, which makes senseI wondered the same thing, even as I was agreeing to be one If youve ever thought that your favorite characters wardrobe on that really great show was the bees knees, you have a costume designer to thank for it Because that character didnt just wake up that waya clever costume designer created the look you love so much Being a costume designer means Im the one responsible for the designing, fabricating, shopping, fitting, accessorizing, altering, repairing, and customizing of every single piece of clothing that actors wear while on cameraright down to their underwear and socks Whether Im working on a film, TV show, or commercial, Im pounding the pavement at fabric stores, boutiques, flea markets, shopping malls, and costume houses twelve to fourteen hours a day, every day The jobs I take are particularly unglambecause there is a world of difference between a professional costume designer who dresses actors as the characters they play and a celebrity stylist who exclusively outfits stars for red carpet appearances One of us the celebrity stylist has every top clothing and jewelry designer in the world on speed dial, while the other the costume designer, thats me usually has only five hundred bucks and a pocket full of ingenuity to get the job done Youre not likely to find me delivering ball gowns to hotel suites in glamorous locales or being name checked in an actors Oscar acceptance speech More often than not, Im standing on a ladder in a dusty costume house looking for showgirl outfits or hunched over a folding table in my basement office on a studio lot, trying to figure out how to sew soda cans onto a furry seal costume in time for the afternoons shoot But I wouldnt have it any other way, because the thousands of hours Ive spent in the trenches figuring out what works for my actors wardrobes has made me an authority on anything and everything having to do with clothesfrom determining what constitutes proper fit to what to do when a wardrobe crisis strikes Ive also made a ton of mistakes along the way, so whatever your particular problem, I can guarantee its happened to meand that I probably have the solution I actually lied my way into becoming a costume designer Thats some hot career advice right there, by the way fake it til you make it Ive been a rabid collector of clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories my entire lifeso much so that my first apartment in Los Angeles really just functioned as one giant closet There were rhinestone cowboy boots lining the walls of my living room, a dozen cut up vintage prom dresses hanging in the bathroom, and nothing in my bedroom but racks of clothes and a mattress on the floor One day my neighbor who also happened to be a commercial director came over to borrow something, took one look at this total mania, and asked, Whoa, are you a costume designer He didnt even notice the white polyester dress I had bubbling away in a pot on the stove, which was an unsuccessful attempt to dye it black using India ink There arent enough words to explain how badly that experiment failed, by the wayso save yourself a headache and skip to chapterfor some pro style dyeing tips if youre interested in making the things you own change colors I froze for all of three seconds before I decided to answer that yes, of course, I was indeed a costume designer I suspected that whatever a costume designer actually was, I could probably be one I innately knew that what I already loved doing could probably become my career and that I likely could be just as good at it as anybody else That director called to hire me for a small commercial the very next week And just like that, my career was born It wasnt fate, it was just an incredible opportunity that I smartly grabbedand then held on to for dear life People always ask me what special skills I learned to become a successful costume designer and are consistently shocked when I tell them that the answer is Pretty much none Not only did I not attend fashion school, I barely attended college I struck out on my own early in life, taking on a number of jobs that depended solely on my ability to communicate well and get people excited about things I was a shopgirl in clothing and jewelry stores, and the experience I gained while working with the general public is what most effectively prepared me to be a costume designerbecause dressing people is really all about sales I can paint a picture with words and images that allows people to believe in me and see what the end result will beand give them the confidence to let me spend rather large amounts of their money Long before I worked retail, I was a scrappy eighteen year old DJ at my local alternative radio station I started out as the receptionist but eventually badgered them until they broke down and gave me an overnight on air shift, provided it didnt interfere with my daytime responsibilities I slept in my office which was also the stations front lobby from the time my shift ended at am until my daytime receptionist gig began at am I learned how to talk, communicate, schmooze, and how to figure it out at all costsskills Im still utilizing to this very day Thats not to say that I dont still wake up almost every single morning wondering, Why do these people trust me Whats wrong with them And what if I screw everything upIve learned the hard way not to psych myself out too muchto just push through and focus solely on the task at hand This single minded, eyes on the prize, dogged determination is what makes me uniquely qualified to solve any wardrobe problem the universe manages to come up with Its also the reason I cant ever attend a wedding without being grabbed out of the congregation at the last minute to tie the brides French bustle or repair a flapping bra strap Looking back, Id really been preparing to become a costume designer my entire lifeI just never realized it As a teen in Texas, Id be dropped off at the mall by my parents each and every Saturday with my five best buds andof babysitting money in my pocket While my palswere busy blowing their allowance on CDs and Slurpees, I was hunting for cool clothes I could actually afford that fit the vision of myself I had in my head Figuring out what image I wanted to project to the world via my wardrobe makes me the very first character I ever dressed This was a valuable lessonbecause while having great style is an essential part of being a costume designer, good budgeting skills are really at the heart of the job description Designers who go over budget dont tend to get rehired, so knowing your way around a clearance rack is a very valuable skill Being a costume designer means that when things go wrong, Im the one who takes the heat You havent really lived until youve gotten a shocking amount of red lipstick out of a white Gucci blouse in front of a live studio audience because someone hugged an actor too forcefully in the middle of a taping It costs about , per minute while the camera is held and everyone waits for me to fix it Situations like that are why Ive had to come up with a stable of solutions to disasters that really workand work incredibly fast Wardrobe disasters are a way of life when youre a costume designer, and Ive had every single one possible happen to me at some point in my career So the next time you find yourself suffering from a terrible clothing malfunction, you can take heart in knowing that what you are experiencing has likely happened to your favorite star as well But you can also rest easybecause now that youre holding this book, youve got the solution to almost any dastardly wardrobe disaster that could occur In the coming pages, Im going to pull back the curtain and show you what really goes on behind the scenes at a wardrobe fitting Well figure out together who the heck you really are and what your clothes are saying about you, and Ill let you in on all the style secrets my actors probably wish I wouldntwhile teaching you how to keep the clothes youve already got in your closet in tip top shape Because, yes, wardrobes need tune ups and maintenance, too Ill also open up my costume designers tool kit and share all the gadgets I use to make those stars look like stars Because the old saying really is true Good clothes open all doors But Im of the belief that its not so much what you wear that makes people sit up and take noticeits how you wear it By the time youre done reading here, there wont be a single one of my secrets you wont know Everyones wardrobe could benefit from having a professional costume designer and her secret bag of tricks in their back pocketand thats just what this book is Me, Alison Freer, at your serviceA New York Times Best Seller Professional costume designer Freer spills all her secrets for transforming your closet into a truly functional wardrobe Her tips tackle clothing fitting issues, closet organization, undergarment truths, brilliant thrifting tips, andFor someone looking to overhaul their closet, this is not a book to miss Bustle Freer has quite a few styling tricks up her sleeve, and now its easier for everyone to gain access to her straight forward advice for cheap Her new book How To Get Dressedgets to the nitty gritty of revamping your wardrobe Huffington Post Freer is refreshingly down to earth in her first book, which is packed full of helpful tips for building and maintaining a stylish wardrobefor those looking for a comprehensive and highly readable clothes care book, this is the one Publishers WeeklyAlison really nails the basics of good style while allowing room for readers to inject their own personality into a look Most of all, her writing constantly reminds me of what fashion is really supposed to be fun for everyone Jane Pratt, founder of xoJane Years in the trenches of Hollywood have made Alison Freer an authority on every single clothing problem that could befall a person As a result, this book is crammed full of wardrobe tricks that really work and is a truly indispensable guide to getting dressed Nancy Jo Sales, Author of The Bling Ring and contributing editor at Vanity Fair Not everyone can have two maids at her beck and call Alison is right about many things, but mainly this ironing really is for mere mortal humans Her purrrfect fashion advice will have you looking your very best but not better than moi Two paws up, dahhhlings Ashley Tschudin,Official Voice of Choupette Lagerfeld, ChoupettesDiary