All I can say is Wow-ee. Look-a where I am. Tonight I landed POW, right in a pot of jam. What a setup, Holy Cow, they’d never believe it. If my friends could see me now…. Sweet Charity
I’m an absolute sucker for old musicals. I have watched most of them over and over again and can still sit happily watching them for the umpteenth time. Saturday afternoons on television when I was growing up was full of movies to sing along to. Elvis, Tammy, Doris Day, Cliff Richard, Bing & Bob… the list goes on and on. Some of my very favourites were anything with Shirley MacLaine in it. My Geisha, Irma La Douce and of course the brilliant, Sweet Charity. The music, the weak recycled storylines, the glamour, the costumes. They hit the mark on every aspect. They made me feel jubilant.
Sweet Charity was on late night tv late last year and I watched enthralled but with different eyes to what I used to see. This time I was looking at the cinematography. The scenes left me longing to recreate them. I sat with my mobile phone in hand, snapping photos of every scene that sparked my imagination. I have them all in my inspiration folder and will get around to them eventually. But I knew I definitely wanted to do something along the lines of Charity dancing on the cigarette holder of a billboard flapper. The happiness on her face as she danced was so contagious.
I started looking for the suitable costumes for it and mentioned it to my friend Cheryl. She started looking on Freecycle for me and within a day she’d uncovered a white tuxedo jacket. It did have a stain on the arm but I managed to get that out. It was free. Bargain. Then she went op shopping and found a shirt, bow tie and vest all for the fantastic price of $10. I went to a cheap shop and scored a white top hat for $4.95. I was starting to see it come together.
My model, the lovely Sally, was on a friend’s facebook page and I got my friend to ask if she’d be interested in modelling and she was. Then I went onto Ebay and got a flapper dress, head band and feather boa for just $10. I already had a yellow wig from a previous photo shoot and the cane belonged to my grandmother. I raced to the op shop and grabbed a pair of pants for the princely sum of $2.00. Sally brought her own shoes with her, so all up, I spent $26.95, not counting the wig and cane which I already had.
As I’ve spoken about previously, costuming for a photo shoot doesn’t have to be expensive. It just takes a bit of planning and lots of searching for the right stuff at the right price. I ended up doing 4 different characters with Sally and you’ll see the others when I’ve finished them. They may take quite a bit longer as they are a lot more complicated.