I know that y’all are dying to hear about my second costume. Just dying. Well, here’s where it is from:
Yes, I am doing a Repo costume.
Now just to be clear, I know this is a terrible movie. Like, dreadful. Even though Anthony Stewart Head aka GILES FROM BUFFY is in it. And I mean, it is a musical, but clearly written by someone who has no concept of what makes an excellent musical. The plot is some convoluted dystopian future blah blah where organ failure is an epidemic but some company called GeneCo makes organ replacements and SAVES EVERYONE. If you are late paying for your organs, however, a REPO MAN will come and tear the organs from your warm body. Mm, bloody. Also, there is a subplot involving drug use. And the main character is Alexis Vega from Spy Kids. It totally makes no sense whatsoever.
However, there was something about the aesthetic of Sarah Brightman’s (ick ick ick I really dislike her what can I say) Blind Mag character that I just could not shake. So I bought some gray colored contacts to approximate her mechanical eyes, and I got a long black wig, and I commissioned someone (Nancy aka Hemlock Emporium who hangs out at Davenport & Winkleperry, all of this is excellent btw) to make the dress from this scene:
I know, I know, the color is super washed out, and the whole thing is sort of blurry, but basically it is a cool black hooded dress with a patterned fabric and my version of it looks awesome. I am super-de-duper excited.
Anyhow, you don’t need to rush out and see Repo: The Genetic Opera! It is a totally lame film, and I just like it because it is super gothy. Just like the sixteen year old inside of me.
Oh, hey, but this song’s kind of ridiculous. And PARIS HILTON is in it. I neglected to mention her role in the movie.
Oh, this isn’t bad either. Also, GILES. Oh Giles, I have such a crush on you.
We have officially hit the single digits re: Dragon*Con. And yes, you read the above title correctly. I will not have just a (singular) costume but instead several (plural) costumes (plural). Two, to be exact.
So, no surprise y’all, I love Stephen Sondheim with all my heart. And while Tim Burton doesn’t inspire in me the same maniacal fervor, I was still pretty stoked when Tim Burton decided to make a movie of my favorite Stephen Sondheim musical. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is absolutely Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece and I remember that it exploded my mind my sophomore year of undergrad, when I listened to it obsessively.
That is the opening number from the original Broadway production, was back in 1979. The original cast had Len Cariou as the title role and the amazing Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett (and Victor Garber at Anthony! Crazy!) By the time PBS decided to film and broadcast the production, however, Len Cariou had been switched out for George Hearn–who I personally think is better, because Len Cariou is more of a classic silky baritone whereas George Hearn really infuses the role with smoldering fury. Anyhow, like I said, this is the opening number, and if you are only familiar with the Tim Burton movie you will not recognize this number because TIM BURTON CUT OUT ALL INSTANCES OF THE VOCALIZED VERSION OF “THE BALLAD OF SWEENEY TODD” WTF TIM BURTON HOW DARE YOU.
I mean, otherwise, the movie was fine. Better than fine, I was really pleasantly surprised, and even the comical amount of gore and blood spatter didn’t shock me. I thought the cast was uniformly well chosen, even if Helena Bonham-Carter had the wrong voice for the role of Mrs. Lovett. Which leads me to the purpose of this post:
Yes I am doing a Mrs. Lovett Costume and yes it is the Helena Bonham-Carter version not the Angela Lansbury (or Patti Lupone) version. Yes I bought a big Victorian skirt and a weird blouse off of Etsy and I am pairing it with some stuff from my own closet as well as a rolling pin that I need to make look blood-stained. I feel that it will be awesome.
So yeah, that will happen. I’m fairly excited. Check in later this week to learn more about THE SECOND COSTUME. 9 days 9 days 9 days…
Hello! I am coming out of hibernation in response to a sudden uptick in readership because of this post on Steampunk I wrote in September 2011! Someone posted it on Facebook and evidently it is making the rounds and causing a bit of a stir. It gave me my busiest day ever yesterday, with 931 views on my blog from 704 individual visitors. Today I already have over 350 views on the blog. This is a lot for me, especially since this blog has been dormant since the fall!
When I wrote that post in 2011 I obviously intended it to cause a stir–I was making a statement that I knew would not be popular in some circles, but it was how I felt at the time. A few people commented on it and that was that. Now, two plus years later, I’m really bemused that the article is having its moment. Obviously I am thrilled about the new readership, but I wrote the post over two years ago and I am really far removed from the emotions and experiences that inspired it. Because of that, I’m not really in a place to engage actively in the conversation–Steampunk, in my current world, is just a thing that exists that other people do that looks cool. I don’t feel strongly about it either way anymore. People can do what they want, there are lame individuals in every fandom, and one for all and all for costumes! Basically all I can say to the new readers who have stumbled on this blog because of an article I wrote a few years ago is welcome, and thank you for the comments, the clicks, the links, and the shares. I really appreciate it!
In this spirit–sincere appreciation for the uptick in readership and a general welcome to my corner of the Internet–I wanted to let new readers know a bit more about The Dilettantista in 2014, and some of the major differences between the author of the Over Steampunk article and the author today:
1) In the fall of 2011, when I wrote that article, I was unemployed and pretty bitter about it. I got a great job in my field of choice later that year (and am soon leaving that job to start another great job, also in my field of choice, but I’ll post about that later!), but being unemployed left me a lot of time to poke around and snark on the Internet while seething about minor injuries. Because unemployment is the worst.
2) When I wrote the article I was living with my boyfriend, Jon. I still live with Jon, but he is now my pre-husband and we’re getting married this summer (yaaaaaaaaaaay). I’m super excited to be marrying My Person (baaarf yes I am one of those people now). If you are sappy and like engagement stories, here is ours! Wedding planning has taken up a lot of the free time I kept for blogging and playing on the Internet, which is another reason for the radio silence on this end.
3) About a month after writing the Steampunk article I got my second little black cat, Minion. Before that we’d only had Dexter. Twice the kitty is twice the fun and twice the litter boxes!
4) I haven’t been to a convention since 2012, so I haven’t had much reason to costume since then. I still love looking at other people’s costumes and have booked my ticket and hotel room for Dragon*Con 2014, so costumes are not over for me! I already have some great ideas for what to wear this year…and no, it will not be Steampunk.
5) I still really love Captain Eo and I FINALLY got to EPCOT to see it (for the first time since I was a little kid) a few weeks ago. Behold:
I should probably post about that soon too.
So that’s me, in a…in a really abbreviated nutshell. I hope you poke around the blog some–there are lots of fun articles on nerd culture and Dragon*Con and pop cultural things. You might not agree with this little corner of the Internet, but it is mine, and full of odd and sundry things.
Thanks, again, for visiting, and thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy what you see.
Time to finish this Dragon*Con recap so I can write about other things! Like weddings! And Vegas!
So last post ended with me toddling away from the Game of Thrones photo shoot. I wandered back to the hotel room to shower and change into my comfortable outfit, aka the Companion Cube dress.
We went downstairs to the Sheraton Cafe and we ran into a Chell (yay), and then we got in line for Miss Star Trek Universe. Because Star Trek themed beauty pageants are the BEST.
So that’s Kim Cardasian. Other contestants included a Klingon who sung an aria from La Boheme(in Klingon duh), two Vulcans, and a hologram. There was also a Trill who was suffering from a symbiont mis-match, and she sang a medley to the symbiont, and then the symbiont was a puppet. It was so amazing.
One of the Vulcans won, and it was so glorious because the woman 100% broke character and displayed the largest, most earnest and beautiful smile ever. She clearly hadn’t expected to win (she was a little older and much more, well, clothed than some of the other contestants), and the joy she evidenced at winning was just so lovely. This is why Dragon*Con exists.
I know, I know, you’re mad, right? No apologies–I’ve been busy, and last weekend was my first weekend at home in something like five weeks, and I just wanted to sit on the couch and watch football, so I did, and it was fantastic. And now I’m finally going to get to wrapping up the 2012 Dragon*Con recaps, starting with a Game of Thronesphotoshoot in which I participated on Sunday.
I know you can’t tell, but all the nametags on this guy had variations of “MY NAME IS REEK” or “RHYMES WITH MEEK” and other things referring to Reek and A Dance with Dragons…so I won’t keep going because, spoilers!
And then we wandered outside the Hilton and I ran into the lovely Mary, who was quite fetchingly dressed as Morgana! Loved her costume.
So I somehow got pulled into a smaller Game of Thrones photoshoot with a professional(?) photographer (I think they’d lost their Melisandre and they needed another one), and that shoot sidetracked the Marriott for a bit:
Ghost came too.
Then we went outside to The Cigarette Courtyard where the photographer made me ruin my dress (not really, but in my head I was all: “BUT THIS IS AN ALAIA.”)