Thanks to Disney and Pixar, I attended the Incredibles 2 event early April in San Francisco. It was such an amazing trip with a very special agenda. We had an opportunity to visit Disney Pixar Animation Studios, hear from members of their team, and tour their stellar property. We even took a group photo on the lawn.
During our time at Disney Pixar, we had an opportunity to get an inside look at the wardrobe and costumes created for characters Elastigirl, Edna Mode and newbie Evelyn Deavor. This presentation was a game changer for me. Not only because I found it fascinating that “costume design for animation is no different than costume design for live action” according to Deanna Marsigliese, but it also inspired me. Elastigirl springs into action to save the day, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet — taking care of the problems of his three children.
You see years ago, I was very concerned with and interested in style and fashion. I mean I loved shopping and took pride in the items that I purchased and wore. It was everything to me. Over the years, I became less interested in fashion and preferred to have others pick out my clothes like my hubby or Trunk Club…well, until I attended the Incredibles 2 event in San Francisco and heard from the amazing wardrobe and costume team for the movie. We broke into groups and sat in a small conference room with, Bryn Imagire (Shading Art Director), Fran Kalal (Tailoring Lead), and Deanna Marsigliese (Character Artist). The room was fascinating – one wall was full of miniature Edna Mode’s in different outfits and there were a few pieces hanging from the wall where they drew their inspiration. It was super adorable!
If can’t tell from the photos, they were dishing some goods about all things costume related. I was blown away with the amount of detail that goes into each costume and the presenter’s passion relating to their area of expertise. Deanna was sharing her ideas for Edna Mode and Evelyn Deavor, and Christine St. Vil and I were like, OMG we love that. We were in awe feeling like we needed every single outfit on the screen. They were just that cute.
There were so many gems, but what changed everything for me was the conversation around the background characters. I know right….yes we spoke about the costumes for the background characters in the movie. Suddenly it hit me “how do I appear in the midst of the background characters in my life?” Background characters populate the world….they are walking down the street, driving in the car next to me, or sitting in the coffee shop that I frequent weekly. I mean, they had they awesome task of creating the look for the primary characters in the movie but spent just as much time outfitting the background characters as well.
I thought to myself, how much time an I investing in my appearance? How do I show up? Do I stand out or am I blending in with the background characters in my life? I left the No Capes session feeling empowered. I decided that I would work to spark my fashion fire again. Not just to buy clothes, no that’s not it. I want to get back to creatively living my truth, and that includes my own personal sense of fashion and design. As a mom, I am always concerned with my son and how he looks. I think I can learn from Edna Mode, Evelyn Deavor, or Elastigirl how to be confident as my authentic stylish self.
The title of this session was spot on….No Capes! We don’t need capes to be powerful, super, or great. Our capes can come in the form of a positive attitude, the right amount of confidence, or jeans, t-shirt, blazer and heels. I mean Elastigirl rocks thigh high boots like they were made for her alone. What’s your cape? I would love to hear from you about the costume design for the INCREDIBLES 2 or my perspective on my changed perspective.
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