Costumer’s Quotes

“Costumers make clothes for imaginary people” -Celestine Ranney

“Make it pretty and make it work” – Bob Blackman

“Done is good. Done is beautiful” – Pat Lusk

“If you’re going to steal, steal the best” – ?

“It’s probably under something.” Sign in the Living History Center (Northern California Renaissance Fair 1980s) Costume shop.

“It’s a’ learning’ experience” – Mrs. Elzey my H.S. sewing teacher after any disastrous sewing foul up.

“Hot glue is good for you: It whitens your teeth and improves your sex life” – Pat Lusk

…“…If you have a sex life” – Lorraine Pettit

“Eat when you can.” 10 Commandments of Theatre, Commandment #1.

“Never underestimate the bad taste of the artistically pretentious” – 10 Commandments of Theatre

“The Director is God” – Harvey Susser

“Good Taste is the enemy of good design” -Tara’s crude paraphrase of Picasso.

“Nothing succeeds like excess” – Oscar Wilde

“The most creative work in the designs of all mys hows are the result of having to fix a screw up.” – Tara

“Make it look intentional and it will be O.K.”– Tara

“You need to know how to steal with your eyes”–my Grandmother, Marle Winkler Simon quoting her Directress in millinery school in 1911

“Just do it” – Nike ad campaign

“LACK OF IMAGINATION” –a warning about what to avoid that somebody pinned on the wall of the S.F.State costume shop in 1979.

“Sewing makes you crazy” – Anonymous

“Tacky is GOOD” – David and Susan Mai

“The floggings will continue until morale improves.” –Anonymous. (contributed by Doris J. Nash)

‘Honey, if they notice that there is something wrong with the singing’.—Ann Valentine

‘Deal with it.’ Entire summer rep co Hartnell College 82 (I think—Ann Valentine)

On “garbage” that is not: “We set out to buy a birthday gift and noticed that the streets were full of presents.” — John Cage

“This show is LAUNDRY.”—phrase we use at UAF after final dress rehearsal to celebrate the fact that we don’t have to do anything more on the show but regular washing and repairs. Tara Maginnis.

Quotes from Leah Crain’s shop wall:

“Of course my job looks easy, I’M doing it.”

“Don’t just stand there, rub my back!”

“Somewhere my Vocational Guidance Counselor is laughing hysterically.”

“Of course I can do it, the question is, do I want to?”

“Sew what….”

“Really- I like it that way.”

Quotes from Bridgit Landry, A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. and the Strauss Waltz Assault Team:

“My, what a lovely fabric! And what an interesting thing you’ve done with it.” George Popa

“The Devil lives in curved seams.” Adrienne Ridenour

“God lives in the details.”

“No chocolate, no peace!” Bridget Landry

Joke Sent by Craig Carr:

A bald man with a wooden leg gets invited to a Halloween party. He doesn’t know what costume to wear to hide his head and his leg so he writes to a costume company to explain his problem.

A few days later he received a parcel with the following note:

Dear Sir,

Please find enclosed a pirate’s outfit. The spotted handkerchief will cover your bald head and, with your wooden leg, you will be just right as a pirate.

Very truly yours,

Acme Costume Co.

The man thinks this is terrible because they have just emphasized his wooden leg and so he writes a letter of complaint. A week goes by and he receives another parcel and a note, which says:

Dear Sir,

Please find enclosed a monk’s habit. The long robe will cover your wooden leg and, with your bald head, you will really look the part.

Very truly yours,

Acme Costume Co.

Now the man is really upset since they have gone from emphasizing his Wooden leg to emphasizing his bald head so again he writes the company another nasty letter of complaint. The next week he gets a small parcel and a note, which reads:

Dear Sir,

Please find the enclosed bottle of molasses. Pour the molasses over your bald head, stick your wooden leg up your ass and go as a caramel apple.

Very truly yours,

Acme Costume Co.

Know any good quotes that you use in your costume shop?