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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Off to see the Wizard?

Toronto Revellers has been hyping up their theme Welcome to Oz since August 2010. They proudly announced a new designer to their team. "I have enlisted designs from an experienced, innovative, second to none designer from Trinidad, who has many years experience, creating, crafting and building world class costumes." said Jamaal Magloire.
The Wizard of Oz is such a fun theme that could give masqueraders creative costume choices.
I think it's safe to say we'll see a sexy version of Dorothy's gingham dress.I can also imagine how the good witch (rhinestone crown, pink tulle, wings, star wand), wicked witch (lacy corset, fishnets, cape), and the munchkins (colourful checked patterns, peticoats, striped hose, vests) costumes would be designed. I'm curious to see how designers portray the lion, tin man, winged monkeys and scarecrow. Do you think they will go with some version of this (Halloween costume) scarecrow?

We have family functions to attend this weekend, so we'll be away, and unfortunately we'll miss this launch.
So if you're going to the launch and want to send us your pictures to post, email them to karabana01@yahoo.ca.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Black Sage From Rags to Riches

Photos by Tara

Our friend Tara attended the end of the Black Sage band launch, and here are her pictures. Thanks a lot Tara! The costumes certainly are colourful and the headpieces look strong.

For those of you who went, what did you think?

Monday, April 18, 2011

TruDynasty Roaring 20's launch

Match Girls

Flappers
All that Jazz
Josephine Baker
Show Girls


GangsterzSpeak Easy
Dubble Bubble
Coco Chanel
Personally, I was pleased a band launched in the west end. I mean, gas is 137! Once I found the Underground (finding your way around York U isn't easy!), I thought it was a good spot to have a launch, it's spacious enough, and has a nice bar. There were 3 other launches on Saturday, perhaps the reason for the smallish crowd (their launch was packed last year.) The dancers hit the stage at 11:00.
I felt Match Girls fit the theme best, and it's overall such a cute costume. The design elements used in Flappers also kept the 20's in mind. I can see All that Jazz being a hit with that soft pink & all those feathers. I'd prefer more to the pretty teal colour Coco Chanel, especially the waistband. I like the Flappers monokini, I think I would like to play in one this year. That one will be a top seller. The first thing that stood out for me when I saw the costumes back stage was the Show Girls crown: love it! I think the frontline would look better with a bikini bottom rather than boy shorts, because they were the focus instead of the waistband, which drooped too low. As for the barely there banana costume, I'm sure people wonder if a regular bra will be an option for Josephine Baker, not just the cage bra (or pasties!). The body paint on that was outstanding by the way. I myself wasn't feeling silver for Gangsterz, I figured it would be black pinstripe, or dark purple. Missing was Bonnie & Clyde, because some materials hadn't arrived. We'll put a picture up of it once it's ready. Dubble Bubble is the special guest section, not a Thea & Dario design.

Overall, they covered what masqueraders like: Pretty & pink - All that Jazz; Sexy - Flappers; Naked :-O! - Josephine Baker; Minimal - Coco Chanel; Fun & youthful and a back in the day design - Dubble Bubble; Red hot - Speak Easy. The designs are all different this time around, not the uniform look the band had in 2010. I predict another for great year TruDynasty!

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