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This is a costume we created for Cyndi Lauper for her tour with Cher.
It was a real pleasure to get to work with a true Musical Icon – (not to mention, one who really informed my own musical tastes!)
These kind of projects are often very rushed but working together we manage to get it done! This costume was a bit of a departure for me as it incorporates some fabrics which I don’t work with too often any more, so that was different. Plus it sort of harkens back to my World Domination Days, with the corsetry, lacing and zippers. Gee, that line is calling me…hmmm…
The corset has a lot of stretch to accommodate diaphragm & lots of movement onstage. The pants are stretch leather with patent leather “tux” strips up the side to match the corset trim as well as the detailing on the removable bustle. The secondary pants are same stretch material used in the corset’s side panels with the patent tux stripes peeking out through stylized tattoo-like leather “tiger” stripes. I wanted a tiny little nod to the American New-Wave 80’s aesthetic, to juxtapose with the sort of (steam) punky / 80’s Westwood-y sort of aesthetic going on with the main corset and bustle.
I want to Thank Cyndi for being so nice and gracious in the midst of her very demanding schedule. It was a joy to work with her.