No, that's her actual job title. How cool is that going to look on her tax return?
Here's the deal. My best friend just signed a contract with IWC, the local satellite of WCE (that's wrasslin' for those of you who can't tell Ric Flair from Hulk Hogan). No wrestling involved, she's just arm-candy for the big guys who *do* get themselves beat up.
The spiffy part is, they give her a stipend to purchase her own costumes. Buy? Pshaw. That's for Divas who aren't tight with craftsters
We're just waiting to find out what persona they've come up with her to begin the design frenzy . . . I can hardly wait!
And can I just add that not all corsets are meant to be breath take away tight. In colonial times men, women, and children over the age of 4 wore corsets, but they were not meant to cinch super duper tight. So if you are going for historical accuracy/comfort make sure you know how the corset was worn.
Sorry if this is inappropriate for the Craftster board, but I think it's kind of important.
There are a lot of threads about corsets, and making them, and patterns, and the like, that I see around here. Awesome. You should definately make your own darned corset, and make it to fit, 'specially if the Boobie Fairy whacked you a coupla extra times with that ironic wand of hers.
Pretty corsets from places like Frederick's or even neato little independent cyberboutiques are all well and good for some things. Serious costuming, or corseting (like it's meant to be done) for more than an hour or so, do *not* fall into that category!
Two examples to illustrate: I act, and costume (sort of, and it's a new thing). When I was a theatre major at a state university and got cast in Les Liasons Dangeruese, the costuming department made a custom, period-accurate corset for my costume. It hurt like hell and I couldn't breathe, but damn did that thing fit. My back actually felt *great* in that thing through a week of "corset and petticoat" dress rehearsal, another week of full dress rehearsal, and two and a half weeks of performance.
A few weeks ago, I had to throw together a "plantation owner's daughter circa 1859" costume on the fly. I pulled out several skirts, some leftover raverpants (72" cuffs make for *great* impromtu petticoats), and my "sometimes the kid goes to her grandma's and the husband and I get a little X-rated" corset, then proceeded to wear the whole shebang for about 10 hours a day, for two days. It made the sort-of-tea-dress-tunic-thingy drape just like I wanted, but it threw my bodacious curves into some weird positions . . .
Right now I'm a little loopy, still, from the narcotic painkillers they're giving me while trying to correct the horrendous damage done to my sacral-iliac thingy--basically, the vertebrea that connects your spine and your pelvis. Two days in an ill-fitting, cheap corset made for girls without . . . well, so many *assets*. . . are now equalling two weeks of heavy drugs, daily massage, muscle relaxers, and physical theapy involving using strange machines while odd medieval devices are strapped to various parts of my body.
So ladies, FIT YOUR CORSETS WELL. If it's a pattern that doesn't feel like it supports the gals, ditch it and use another. The Edwardian period really dug on the "mature" *read--busty* female form, and their corsets are awesome for those of us above a D cup. But for your back's sake, don't strap yourself into a cheap, ill-fitting corset designed for wispy chicks with nothing to support! The chiropractic bills just aren't worth it!
A headband out of a pretty sock, the obvious armwarmers (cut the foot off a tube sock, then cut a thumbhole, or not), a leg-lamp (as in "A Christmas Story"--you can find them at Urban Outfitters last time I checked) for a public area done up in a big sock instead of fishnet. . .
If you've got prom dresses to work with, do what you can to simplify and streamline the bodices and skirts, both. You're looking for a full skirt, pinched-ish waist, and simple top. Separates would work better for the period in most scenes. Google "sweater sets" to get an idea of the top sillouhette you're looking for.