Channelling Your Inner Pinup — Part 3
Pinup for pets — What if we aimed for a calendar that could be sold to raise funds for one of my pet projects, animal welfare?
The next phase — finding suitable costuming for the project.
A couple of months ago, I stopped at part two of this series because the date for the shoot was fast approaching and I got extremely busy sourcing suitable costuming.
One of my clothing challenges was finding outfits that would be suitable for each of the 12 months of our calendar.
My friend Zoey, who had volunteered to be a Vargas style model, is a former actress and a current music performer and volunteered some of her own clothing to get us started.
Meantime, I had been out scouring through the various used clothing places searching for suitable outfits for all of us.
Zoey came over and we had a great time trying stuff on and deciding which pieces would work best for the look we wanted to create.
Shoe styles were my biggest concern: they had to look 1940s-50s. I was lucky enough to find some great shoes, in the appropriate sizes! (Collectively, our shoe sizes range between 6.5 and 9).
I had no trouble finding cute pieces for Zoey and me, but my real challenge came in finding things for my other gorgeous friend, Jos.
Evidently, clothing designers and manufacturers are not interested in creating clothing for the plus-size woman. :-(
What plus size clothing I DID find, was generally of the potato sack style.;-(
When used clothing stores failed to produce attractive items in plus sizes, I turned to the rather tawdry Yandy site. (Yandy specializes in cheap pseudo sexy stuff. The good part about Yandy is they are one of the only places that uses actual plus-size models in their catalogue. Unlike places like Victorias Secret…)
The downside to Yandy is that even though they list and show the plus sizes, often the so-called plus size is NOT really as claimed, fitting smaller than stated. I trolled through the various customer comments before actually ordering, and was thus spared getting things that would not fit.
Finally, I found a few items that would be suitable there and was able to put together a reasonable choice of outfits for Jos. She also volunteered some of her own clothing. We were able to get together for a fitting session and were quite pleased with the results.
So my conclusion is that there is a real market for nicely designed clothing for larger women. Any budding clothing designers on here feel like trying your hand at this market?
The sourcing of costuming used up every free minute I had. Now I needed to put together the outfits on hangers and in clothing bags with big tags attached so they were easily identified. (i.e. Skirts for Zoey, Tops for Jos, Dresses for Louise, etc.)
I also needed to put together everything I would be needing in my role as hairstylist at the shoot. Doing in this well in advance would reduce last-minute screw-ups.
To be continued …
To check out the Vargas look, go to this link