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.
Illustration of custom flapper/rocker stage outfit for Kaitlyn Maria Filippini
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……)
Flapper Fascinator on headform.
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.
Kaitlyn Maria Filippini stops by for a final fitting.
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.
Photo Credit: DS Photography
Thank you Kaitlyn for a fun project. And thanks for being awesome!
Kaitlyn Maria Filippini website: http://www.kaitlynmariafilippini.com