Once again Siam Costumes have updated they’re cutters guide library with over 6000 images and 72 new category’s which include 18th century British Colonial Uniforms, 16th-19th century European working class, Indonesia 1930-50 and many more. Completely free of charge available at; http://www.siamcostumes.com/guides.php
Latest Breaking News: It’s official Siam Costumes International has started its very own Futsal / 5 a side football team.
For the past couple of months Siam Costumes have been training weekly with the local 5 a side/futsal teams, both at Arsenal’s Thai training ground and Phra kanong futsal pitch. The exciting yet controversial new football coach/ Owner of Siam Costumes recently caused a media frenzy at the press conference: “Yes we are a new team, Yes none of our players have had previous professional or semi professional experience and Yes I have no coaching or football experience but nor do any of the other teams”. They’re first friendly pre season game will commence sometime next month with a western based team in Bangkok. We look forward to see whether they’re roaring fire-red / royal stylish gold football kits will match they’re style of play.
Siam Costumes do have one advantage perhaps, unlike the other teams they have a full department of staff behind them from Fitness Coach to masseur, not to mention they’re very own water boy.
As the year once again draws to an end and 2014 is almost amongst us, we take the time to reflect on what has been yet another great year. In this post we will be focusing purely on the movies we have worked on. Whether its fighting off Ninjas in Japan, Uniting with the gods and saving the world, Being held captive on the Thai/Burma Border by Japanese soldiers, Taking down one of Los Angeles most notorious Gangsters, Stealing treasure off a Dragon and many more memorable stories.
The Following are films that we worked on the year before however saw there release this year:
1. Gangster Squad (January 11th 2013)
The area is Los Angeles and the year is 1949, the notorious Jewish gangster Micky Cohen; who is short in both height and temper, though his organised crime empire is at large and due to this he has taken over the city. An undercover crew of police officers led by a determined sergeant, do everything they can to take down the boss and not exactly by the book.
It was our first time working with the wonderful costume designer Mary Zophres who has worked on classic after classic from “O brother where art thou”, “Catch me if you can” and “No country for old men”. Although it wasn’t out first or second time working the costume designer assistant, Terry Anderson who has worked on hit films such as “3:10 to Yuma”, “Inception” and “J.Edgar“. We worked with Terry a year before on “Captain America” where we made a load of 1940’s suits shirts footwear etc which is why when we got the order for Gangster Squad it was something we were very familiar with,we ended up making again Suits, Overcoats, Shirts and Ties.
2. The Wolverine (26th July)
After trying to live a somewhat normal life among ordinary people, out of the blue Wolverine is summoned to Japan, where he meets an ex Japanese soldier, who he had saved during the war however he is now sitting in his death-bed on top of a multi million business. Wolverine is offered the one thing that he deemed indefinite by most but impossible for him, that being death. He finally gets to face his demons.
Once again it was our first time working with costume designer Isis Mussenden who did an amazing job on the Narnia trilogy. For The Wolverine we made the Ninjas outfits that you see when Wolverine is captured by these fiends . They also appear when the leader of the Ninja’s fights alongside Wolverine in the finale fight scene.
3. Thor: The Dark World (30th October)
It’s been two years since Thor was last with Jane, a lot has happened since then. The leader of the dark elves has managed to get his hands on a weapon that could destroy earth as well as the Asgard empire. Thor is forced to team up with his once arch-enemy, blood bound brother Loki and Jane discovers a wormhole that will change everything.
We supplied Footwear for this hit sequel.
4. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (13th December)
The Dwarfs and Hobbits are it again as they continue their quest and venture deeper into the unknown, this time without the great wizard Gandalf, where he has disappeared off to? only time will tale. Bilbo must now prove his worthiness and fulfil his agreement as a burglar and steal off the last remaining dragon on middle-earth, Smaug.
We supplied haps of Haberdasheries, Footwear, Trimmings, Fabrics and Jewellery, which will also be featured on the final instalment of the highly anticipated trilogy.
5. 47 Ronin (25th December)
A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.
We supplied fabric for this fantasy action packed blockbuster.
6. The Railwayman (26th December)
The Railwayman based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax, who was one among thousands of prisoner of war, forced to build the railway between Thailand and India. After making a secret radio to inform and warn other prisoners, Eric is tortured, beaten and isolated. It is not until after the war when he meets Patti and falls in love. With her help and support , she enables him overcome his traumatic past. However the past is never that far away, when he meets up with his comrades the whereabout of the man who took him so near to deaths door is known and Lomax is elected to reap revenge on savage sadistic adversary
It was our first time working with the designer Lizzy Gardiner who was the youngest designer to win an oscar for costume, and rightly so “Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”was an amazing piece of work on an almost non-existent budget.. This was the largest amount of costumes we made for a movie last year, with hundreds upon hundreds of Uniforms, shirts, footwear and headwear for both the Japanese/Allied soldiers, Officers and prisoners. So we look forward to Boxing day where we finally get to see how our costumes look on the big screen.
Next time we will be looking at the costumes we made for Movies and T.V series this year however won’t be realised until next year or the year after.
Your back already!? This time we shall venture into the second building and have a look at the workshop , a collection of rare authentic fabrics along with other hidden gems.
As you can see our workshop is split into two sides, as most of the time we will be working on several productions at once. This way it makes it a lot easier to oversee our work.
If you look closely you may notice the black and white striped fabric. Any ideas ,apart from prisoners and robbers who can be seen in a black and white striped clothes? No luck, how about that quirky fella Beetlejuice.
So that’s the ground floor where all the magic happens, let’s make our way upstairs and see what we can find.
I can see Michael in our second pattern cutting room , let’s go and have a look and see what he’s up to.
We finally found Sebastian, call off the search and rescue team and Michael Sloan who I mentioned in a previous blog, I won’t hesitate to describe him as one of the best pattern cutters in America. Young grasshopper Sebastian is lucky to be able to have michael teach him few tips about pattern cutting. I best leave them to it.
This room is very popular among costume designers, in fact any one who works within the costume industry. It would be rude not to step inside.
We call this, the room of natural beauty, I’m joking its referred to as the northern room. This authentic library of fabric has been stocking up for over the past 10-15 years from northern Thailand, Laos, Burma and Cambodia.
I once had the pleasure of going up to a small town in northern Thailand as Darryl was visiting some factories to buy some cotton, whilst he was looking through the mountains of fabric he told me when he goes to these factories he feels like a little kid in a sweet store, he also said that his wife hates him going up here as he can’t help but buy “too much” fabric although when he sees an unusual fabric he is already thinking of which type of film or stage production it could be used on.
Thats enough of that, up to the last floor of this building.
At the top of the stairs, you are greeted by draws and draws of files, here is an example of some. We don’t just store everything on the computers as its not practical at times when we need to refer back to styles, patterns etc. See if you can notice any previous productions.
Not one of the most popular rooms of the building, but never the less one of the most important. Here is another library this time of previous patterns from many different productions, this is useful as sometimes costumes will repeat itself especially suits, shirts, etc so it saves a lot of time rather than having to construct a new pattern each time.
And once again we have come to an end, for now. Next time we will be showing you around the 3rd and final building, where you will get to see our notorious stock room, our fabric sample room and others you will just have to wait and see, until next time.