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Aggie Garcia is a Clothing & Bathing Suit Designer who works with women who want
simple, stylish and comfortable clothes; and with suppliers that support that standard.
As owner of ‘Illusions by Aggie’, she creates custom career wear and hosts swimsuit
parties, to read more please visit:
Costuming for Musicians and Entertainers
By Aggie Garcia -
All of us enjoy going to concerts, musicals and listening to a jazz or blues singer in a hotel lounge. We not only enjoy hearing and seeing the performances, but we also like to see the sexy costumes. Part of our being entertained, is seeing the elaborate costumes the performers wear.
I am sure many of you remember Freddie Mercury of the band Queen. He mostly wore sparkly, bare chested jumpsuits. He would have looked so out of place in a suit or tuxedo. We would have been shocked to see Stevie Nicks in a tight red dress and high heels. Her black, gypsy like flowing dresses and top hats kept us mesmerized. This was her personality and her signature look. Clothing for entertainers must be flashy and somewhat exaggerated in order for the audience to see them.
Cher was another iconic entertainer. She had at least 10 costumes changes during
her concerts with each one reflecting the mood and energy of a particular song.
Her costumes were sexy and elaborate and we would have expected nothing less from
her. Madonna is also very well known for her costumes designed to show off her incredibly
toned body. Her costumes have evolved with her over time. Gone is the white lace
(Like A Virgin) to her now very sexy gothic attire. Elton John and Liberace were
and are legends for their “over the top” costumes. In the beginning, Liberace wore
a black tuxedo with a candelabra on his piano and later evolved into the flashy jumpsuits
with ermine capes for his Las Vegas shows.
Costumes for entertainers not only have to be flashy but have to be easy to get in
and out of quickly.
I have a client that is a costume changer for an opera singer. Everything has be organized and laid out perfectly for quick and easy changes so that the concentration of the singer is not affected. Costumes for musicians and entertainers have to also be comfortable and allow freedom of movement. Years ago, I made costumes for entertainers known as the Chippendales. I made a “Great Balls of Fire” costume, fireman outfits and Conan the Barbarian. These costumes had to be durable and designed for easy removal.
There have been so many incredible costumes designed. I am sure you remember Scarlet O’Hara and the green velvet dress she wore made out of curtains. Most well known, was the nude, rhinestone encrusted tight dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President”.
I hope this blast from the past brings up some memories for you. What the entertainer
wears is as important and memorable as the song.
Aggie Garcia is a Clothing & Bathing Suit Designer who works with women who want simple, stylish and comfortable clothes; and with suppliers that support that standard. As owner of ‘Illusions by Aggie’, she creates custom career wear and hosts swimsuit parties, to read more please visit: