My first film as a Costume Designer in the mid 90's came out entirely by accident. I had become friends with a few of the kids at the Film School at Ryerson whom I met during a creative writing class. I knew one of my classmates was going to be shooting a 'little musical dance number' in the school cafeteria and I offered to drop by and help with the costumes as I was in the theatre program at the time.
Director Allison Beula's own words:
"On the day that I was scheduled to film my dance number, which was the key element of the entire film, I realized to my horror that the costumes provided for the number for the actors were truly horrid. Jo had promised to pop in during the filming to see if I needed anything. I needed costumes for ten dancers and the camera was ready to roll within the hour! Jo claimed she could costume this ragged group in 20 minutes. I was a director on the edge and even though I knew this was impossible I had nothing to lose so I told her to go for it. To my shock, and ultimate good fortune Jo, within the 20 minutes (umm a wee bit more time I think, more like 2 hours) had five women in matching dresses and five men in tuxedos. The film went on to win me the 'Norman Jewision Filmmaker of the Year' award, to which I owe much of it's success to Jo."
Well I was (and still am) a huge collector of costumes and my closets across from the school cafeteria did in fact hold several handfuls of cocktail dresses, tuxes, evening gloves and jewelry. Luckily it was in black and white! I also got to dance in the movie which was a terrific bit of fun.
Unfortunately these photos are not of that short film Recipe for Making Love. I have that on a vhs tape somewhere and maybe I'm a bit inspired to try and hook up the VCR again. These pics are for the next student film I did with the same wonderful director called Time Steps. I made all these dresses with my lovely assistant Chriss Fort out of the cheapest polyester lining we could find on Queen Street. The dresses just lasted the day before they fell apart.
Thank you Allison for some great memories of my first film.
Just love dressing up, dressing other people up and talking about it. A lot. And laughing too.