Tag Archive: NCSU

Dec 25

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s – Final Production Photos – June 2013


‘Murder at the Howard Johnson’s’ – NCSU University Theatre – Theatrefest 2013 Written by: Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick Directed by: Rachel Klem Scenic Design by: Jayme Mellema Lighting Design by: Andrew Korhonen Costume Design by: Laura Parker Technical Director: David Jensen Photography by: Aaron Bridgman “While these fine actors deserve most of the credit …

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Jan 15

Entering the Edwardian….


NCSU is producing a production of JB Priestly’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ in February, and our stock of Edwardian fashion is… non-existent.  Since the cast is small, we decided to build the women’s dresses – which means two evening dresses and a maid’s outfit.  Exciting! (More, including the designer’s sketch, on my personal blog here.) This …

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Nov 21

Alice in Wonderland – Queen of Hearts


I feel like I’ve lived in Wonderland the past month or so – NCSU has been furiously working on a production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.  Besides our wonderful student actors, it features puppets, projections, and some amazing costume pieces.  More detail later, but here’s the gown I designed and built for the Queen of Hearts …

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Sep 09

1930’s Evening Gown – ‘Fallen Angels’


Production: Fallen Angels NCSU University Theatre – Theatrefest Summer Series, Summer 2012 Costume Designer: John McIlwee Costume Technician: Laura Parker Crafted using Vintage Vogue 2609, in black satin with gold lame accent.  After fitting the toile on the actress, the designer chose to extend out the attached capelet to reach her elbows. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Sep 09

Vintage Vogue 8767 – Red silk 1930’s dress and jacket

'Fallen Angels' - photo by Nick Purdy

The final product! Production: Fallen Angels NCSU University Theatre – Theatrefest Summer Series, Summer 2012 Costume Designer: John McIlwee Costume Technician: Laura Parker The red dress and jacket were built for University Theatre’s production of ‘Fallen Angels’, May 2012.  Made out of lightweight red silk jacquard and organza.  The designer chose to have me use Vintage …

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Jun 16

My two ‘Sunshine Boys’

David Ring and John Boni in 'The Sunshine Boys' - costumes designed by Laura Parker and John McIlwee

Quick, drive-by post – my two ‘Sunshine Boys’ (David Ring and John Boni) in the third of our three Theatrefest 2012 plays.  This Neil Simon comedy was wonderful to work on – we got to play with some of the great 1970’s pieces we have in stock! TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

May 27

Dresses: not just the sum of their parts!


Now that we have our first summer show up and running, I get to concentrate on the second summer show – which goes into first dress rehearsal tomorrow!  Yikes! The same actress who wore this dress will be in play #2, in a smaller role.  She’s playing Miss Framer in ‘Lettice and Lovage’ – I envisioned her …

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May 24

Fallen Angels – Vintage Vogue 2761


In my last post about this dress, I shared the toile that I put together for Julia’s Act III dress in ‘Fallen Angels’.   The designer chose a wonderful sheer polka-dotted chiffon, which looks wonderful on stage.  Out of all of the ‘Fallen Angels’ outfits, I think this one is my favorite! Production: Fallen Angels …

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May 19

McCall’s 7345 – Almost there!


Earlier this month, I posted the first of the toiles I made up for our upcoming production of ‘Fallen Angels’ – an adorable little mid-30’s dress, made using a vintage pattern.  Remember?  Well, since then we had an initial fitting on the actress – there were some modifications that had to be made, which wasn’t …

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May 11

Vogue 8767 – Almost there!


Red silk jacquard suit for ‘Fallen Angels’. Still needs all the finishing work (facings tacked down, snaps, closures, etc.) and the skirt actually is just pinned to the bodice – but it looks good. I’m hoping that the organza will calm down with a good steam…. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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