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LJ Runway Monday: Lights, Camera, Sew! (PR 6:6)

September 27th, 2009 (10:38 pm)

current mood: bohemian

On the most recent episode of Lifetime's Project Runway, the designers were asked to choose from one of five film genres: film noir, period piece, western, sci-fi, or action-adventure. They had to create a look for their model as if she were an actress cast in that genre. For the first time, it was okay for the designers to create a costume.

Of course, I was horrified. Come up with a character? A story? What?!? Oh, yeah. That's what I do, isn't it? I knew exactly which of my models to use for this challenge: Maggie, because her name came from one of the first characters I created when I was but a 'tween, who just happened to be--an actress!

I decided to cast her in a period piece with equal dashes of romantic comedy and fantasy.The story: Maggie plays a young woman living in present-day Manhattan. The child of a family of over-achievers, including three older siblings, Maggie can't seem to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She has a bohemian spirit.

After another disappointing family gathering, she leaves her parents' Upper East Side apartment. She's so busy texting her BFF that she doesn't see what the camera sees: She's stepping directly into the path of a man on a restaurant delivery bike.

BAM! Maggie falls in slow motion, hitting her head on a little iron fence surrounding a tree. When she opens her eyes, she has to focus hard to distinguish a face among the leaves of the tree overhead. It belongs to a handsome man with a concerned expression as he calls for her to wake up. The twist? He's one of a group of late nineteenth-century Roma families somewhere in Europe. They call themselves Travellers (you may be more familiar with the name they no longer use, Gypsies). Though what they own is meager, they warmly welcome Maggie into their lives. One of the first things the women do is pool their bits of fabric, from the most treasured to the lowliest scrap, to make Maggie's first dress.

Here's how she looks.

A dress of silks, crepes, and tulle embellished with sequins.

Even her stockings were sewed with the same tulle used on the skirt.

A costume gold necklace emphasizes Maggie's beautiful long neck,
while the sequins on the skirt are repeated with her earrings.

Maybe you'll see the rest of Maggie's story some day on the big screen. Meanwhile, see you next time on the runway!

To see my previous designs for this season:
6:5--Fashion Headliners
6:4--What a Woman Wants
6:3--Rumble on the Runway
6:2--We Expect Fashion
6:1--The Red Carpet


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