So I’ll admit it: I’m kind of ignorant to the local music scene in Omaha. I’ve lived here over a year and a half, but I haven’t ventured to too many shows. Shame on me.
So, when local musician Kaitlyn Maria Filippini approached me to do a custom stage outfit for her, I wasn’t really sure what sort of project I’d be in for. I’d never met her personally, and I had never heard her play. Now that I’ve met her and heard her music, I feel like I’m always telling people about Kaitlyn! If you don’t know of her, she’s an violinist from Omaha, and she’s super awesome. And when I say “she’s super awesome” I mean both her personality and her violin-playing skills. This girl can play. Kaitlyn’s more than just classical orchestral music, too. She’s awesome at everything I’ve heard her play: an incredible Lady Gaga medley, Nicki Minaj covers, playing alongside electronica DJ’s, the national anthem. Totally awesome.
As it turns out, the stage outfit she wanted was a very cool project. No surprise. She threw alot of ideas and inspiration my way. Essentially she wanted some classy, but not traditional. Something a bit rock’n’roll, but she also like 1920’s flapper style. And everything should be black: black fabric, black fringe, black vinyl, black tulle all styled with black tights and black boots. I drew up this fringed look, complete with a cropped jacket and a little fascinator.
Kaitlyn loved the sketch, and so did I. I’ve been really into millinery lately, so I have been trying out different hat-making skills little by little. It’s a whole new exciting world of “what the heck am I doing?” so I am teaching myself slowly. I was pumped to try out my new buckram to shape this fascinator! (My buckram is labelled “unicorn buckram” at the store…..so you know it’s gotta have some secret sparkle-magic powers in it.) (Milliners: if “unicorn buckram” is actually a sucky product, maybe let me know, but break the news to me gently……)
I got the fascinator shaped and stitched in less time than I thought it’d take. The button detail always is time consuming though, especially after I had stitched all the other buttons on the jacket, too. This look totally wiped out my vintage brass button collection.
In addition to being super talented, Kaitlyn’s just fun to be around. Tiny girl, big personality, tons of confidence, and SO much passion. I think that’s why I like working with her so much. I love working with people that are super passionate. Just watch her play this Lady Gaga medley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvHcjMiLEvA
I do alot of custom garments, but I don’t get too many stage outfits. They are just fun. Something about the stage: the lights, the performance, the ability to do over-the-top work and it all just works. I love it. I love costuming musicians, too. It’s fun to design something knowing it’s inevitably going to have a rockin’ life.
Thank you Kaitlyn for a fun project. And thanks for being awesome!
Kaitlyn Maria Filippini website: http://www.kaitlynmariafilippini.com