What do you do when Hollywood comes knocking on your door? You answer the call of Sharp Objects! Sharp Objects is the new eight-episode HBO series that went into production in May. It is based on the 2006 debut novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). The series stars Amy Adams (Arrival) as Camille Parker, a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two young girls. She is also dealing with her own demons. Chris Messina (Damages, The Mindy Project) co-stars as Kansas City Detective Richard Willis who assists in the small-town investigation. Others with recurring parts include David Sullivan, Reagan Pasternak, Sydney Sweet, Hillary Ward, Will Chase, Jackson Hurst, and Jennifer Aspen. The series is written by Marti Noxon and directed by Jean Marc Vallée.
The episode in which you will see Recollections fashions centers around the Founder’s Day celebration in Camille’s hometown. The town was founded during the Civil War and the characters dress up for the celebration. These ladies were mostly outfitted by us. We also made a lot of the hats!
So how did we come to the attention of the costume supervisor, Shawn? She found us through an online search! Shawn grew up in Grosse Point, Michigan and when she saw that we’re located in Hawks, Michigan, she felt an instant camaraderie with us. Shawn felt that we would be a good match for her needs before we finished our first phone conversation.
An initial order for four dresses quickly grew to eight. Over the course of three weeks, a total of three dozen (36) dresses, and a dozen (12) each of crinolines, hats, and boots were ordered. It was a very challenging order with tight deadlines, but we got everything done and delivered to California in time for filming!
When Shawn received the dresses, they had to go the “aging and distressing” specialists to make the dresses look as though they were old and worn. http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/Fabric/Distressing.htm (for a description of the specialty.)
We enjoyed the challenge and the experience of supplying costumes for Sharp Objects. Yes, we love to do clothing for TV, theater, films, and of course, we would do it again! We look forward to it.
Thank you, Shawn, for sharing these wonderful photos and for allowing us to use them!
– Donna Klein