Over the past year, Kathy has coached me about the dos and don'ts of journalism. One of her pet peeves is when reporters string together a bunch of quotes and call it a story. It's not typically an issue I have to contend with. It's often more difficult to get a usable quote than a surplus of gems. But I found myself scribbling away frantically when I found myself sitting at a desk in a Ringling College auditorium listening to Ms. Weiss.
The article I filed is set out below. But before you get there, here are a few of Ms. Weiss' pearls of wisdom that didn't make their way into the story.
"When the costume becomes clothing, you know it's the actor becoming the character."
"Imagination costs nothing. You cannot budget it."
"I love dirt." (This one requires a bit of an explanation. Designers use dirt and sand to age clothes and add color around sweat stains. How cool is that?)
"We are thieves of other people's memories."
"You don't want the costumes to arrive before the words."
|Design for Bruce Willis in "12 Monkeys"|
|Design for Selma Hayek in "Frida"|
|Costume design for opera "Carmen"|