Static Cling Solutions

ImageStatic cling is not cute.  I always keep Static Guard in my wardrobe kit to keep the cling under control.

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If I am on an out of town production, the FAA does not allow you to pack aerosol products.  For short productions or personal travel, I will pack dryer sheets for a quick static cling fix.  Simply rub a dryer sheet over clothes (on figure) to remove static cling. If possible, rub the insides of the clothes too. Dryer sheets will also neutralize the electric charge in your hair.  

Traditional dryer sheets are packed full of chemicals and are considered toxic.  Seventh Generation offers a non-toxic, compostable, product (pictured below.)  Their dryer sheets are also free of dyes and fragrances; perfect for your most sensitive talent.

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Another trick for static cling, you can also use a metal clothes hanger to discharge the electricity.  Simply glide the long side of a wire or metal hanger over your clothes to remove static electricity.  Kinda clever! 

Warby Parker Eyewear

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Warby Parker eyewear is high quality, on-trend, and affordable. Prescription, polarized Optical eyewear cost $95 Non-Prescription, polarized Sunwear cost  $95 Prescription, polarized Sunwear costs $150 The company’s flagship store is in NYC and they have 9 showrooms throughout the US.   Unfortunately, there are currently … Continue reading

Strap Tamers Review

Product: Strap Tamers

Problem: Wayward bra straps

Marketing Claims:
“Strap Tamers® consist of a clip (to hold the bra strap) and pin which is fastened to the inside shoulder seam of a garment.

You can leave Strap Tamers® on your clothing while laundered again and again. Whenever you wear that garment, the Strap Tamers® are already in place, waiting for you.”

Materials: They are made from durable high-tech plastic (Polycarbonate, the same material used for “bullet proof glass”) and fine gauge stainless steel (which won’t leave rust marks or large pin holes on fine clothing.)

How to Use:

Rating:  2 Pins out of 5

Review: Unless you are wearing a sleeveless shift or a tank with very wide straps made of a thick material, don’t bother!

The product does conceal bra straps, but it also creates noticeable lumps underneath the garment where the Strap Tamer is connected to your shirt. Thicker fabrics, like tweed or wool, would help conceal the lump by softening the profile.

Also, You are limited by the width of the product. Your shirt straps must be wider than the Strap Tamer (1″ wide or wider) or the product is clearly visible.

Falling Models, Tumbling Talent, and Slippery Shoe Solutions

Bless their Hearts,

…these runway models are not alone in experiencing slides, slips, and falls.  Underestimating the power of a polished floor, we have all found ourselves flat on the floor, humiliated, and looking for the closest piece of furniture to crawl underneath.

I use one or both of these methods to prep slick, new shoes that will be worn by on-camera talent.  These very simple stylist tricks can prevent both talent tumble as well as personal embarrassment:

  • Sandpaper: Lightly scuff the bottoms of new shoes with sandpaper. Be careful not to scuff the sides of the shoes or any area that will be visible to camera. I keep both 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper in my kit.
  • Hairspray: Spritz the bottoms of the shoes with strong hold hairspray and let the spray dry for about a minute until it’s sticky to the touch.  Spray as needed.  I keep Nexxtacy by Nexxus in my kit because it is super sticky and alcohol free.

★ Make sure the hairspray will not damage the flooring surface. If you are uncertain, ask the art department, location manager, or props.

Recent Work for Publix

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Project: Publix Sunday DInners Agency: Matlock Brief: Celebrity Chefs share signature recipes for special occasions. Wardrobe, props, and menu support the occasion as well as reflect the chefs’ personal style, design aesthetics, and flavor. Photographer: Scott Lowden Wardrobe + Props: ME! Courtney Watkins … Continue reading

Today Show and Star Jones on Obesity Campaign

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Last year I worked on an Anti Childhood Obesity Campaign directed by David Stuart.  The campaign has received a lot of press for being in your face, unapologetic, and heart wrenching. The Toady Show featured the campaign (view commercials here) and conducted … Continue reading

WonderWorks: Aerospace Costuming, Scale Models, Props, and Consultants

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I have been asked to research space suits for several productions.  For a quality replica, the weekly rental costs are around $1500 for all of the accessories and badges; $1900 after shipping.  I have found several great resources but was … Continue reading