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The Chrysler Building Gown as worn by Roger DeBris in "The P...

Added Jan 17, 2012

by dino65

Springfield, Pen...






The gown on the left was designed by William Ivey Long and was used in the broadway production. It costs over $18,000.00. The gown on the right was the one I made for The Players Club of Swarthmore’s production. It took several weeks to complete. Over ten thousand hand-sewn bugle beads later, I was able to finish it in time for the final dress rehearsal. I made the tiara, the gown, the shoes and bought jewelry… all for under $300.00.

Material Notes

The foundation of the gown was made of cotton velvet with mock black sequins. The appliques were made of various satins and sequined fabric all in different shades of gray, black and silver. Each of the silver triangles were embellished with silver-lined glass bugle beads. The gown ended up weighing over 20 lbs.




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    Sep 8, 2013, 12.01 AMby Christopher Rich

    Would you be willing to rent that costume for a single weekend?

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      Sep 18, 2013, 05.43 AMby dino65

      I am so sorry, but I’ve only come across your message. When would you need this for?

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    Jan 19, 2012, 05.23 PMby corarae

    Wonderful! Looks like you’re model enjoyed it as well. :)

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    Jan 18, 2012, 11.23 PMby Andrea Delesdernier

    The guy on left has a better figure. LOL. Your dress is amazing. I studied costuming in college and loved it.

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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.24 AMby dino65

      Thank you. I think Gary Beach was probably wearing spanks! LOL!

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    Jan 18, 2012, 08.00 PMby suribabe

    Great job. It does look really good.

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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.25 AMby dino65

      Thank you. It was worth all the long hours in the end.

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    Jan 18, 2012, 11.38 AMby wardrobe-cat

    ONE OF MY FAV MUSICALS EVER! And one of my fav dresses. Fantastic work.

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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.26 AMby dino65

      To date it was one of my most favorite costumes I’ve ever worked on. I also had a blast playing Carmen.

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      Jan 19, 2012, 05.13 AMby wardrobe-cat

      It’s one of those parts I would love to play, but never can :(
      There’s nothing like a statement frock to make you happy!

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    Jan 18, 2012, 06.45 AMby blueartisan

    Yay, something beaded! Love your work! Totally awesome!

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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.26 AMby dino65

      I enjoy beading very much. Thank you.

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    Jan 17, 2012, 09.49 PMby fashionfreek

    Patience paid off in the end for you:-D Excellent work:-D
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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.28 AMby dino65

      Project Runway and Ugly Betty kept me company the whole time. Thank you.

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    Jan 17, 2012, 07.52 PMby freakusbzzz

    Fantabulous, do you have any close ups of the beading?

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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.27 AMby dino65

      I just added a close up of the beadwork today.

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    Jan 17, 2012, 07.02 PMby patti-r

    Truly Amazing!!! You captured all the details on a budget!!

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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.29 AMby dino65

      I had to “make it work”, as Tim Gunn says.

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    Jan 17, 2012, 06.52 PMby smallone

    OMG!!! Awesomeness….such work, such patience…and such a result!!!!!!

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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.29 AMby dino65

      I had to make sure that the audience got the refference to the Chrysler building right away.

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      Jan 19, 2012, 05.46 PMby smallone

      oh you totally nailed it!

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    Jan 17, 2012, 06.23 PMby olac

    WOW! I don’t know what else to say – and ti is NOT often that I am speachless, I will have you know! WOW…

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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.30 AMby dino65

      Thank you for your kind and encouraing comment.

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    Jan 17, 2012, 06.20 PMby kanamithedreamer

    Wow, I’m floored. You did such an amazing job and for under $300? Wow. It looks so good!

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      Jan 19, 2012, 03.31 AMby dino65

      I had to keep the cost low… Now I have the whole costume in my collection.

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