i want that LED dress as my wedding dress
January 3, 2016 4:07 AM   Subscribe

18-year-old self-taught costume designer Angela Clayton makes incredible, highly detailed outfits based on history, fantasy, and (formerly) cosplay. Some standouts include a medieval gown with accompanying escoffin, an Elsa costume with over 100,000 hand-applied rhinestones, and a Christmas costume with LED lights. She documents her progress regularly and provides sewing tutorials for her work.
posted by divabat (33 comments total) 46 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Appa pajamas are fantastic.
posted by minsies at 4:11 AM on January 3, 2016


"Escoffin" doesn't appear in my edition of the Greater Oxford and a Google search mostly comes back to Angela's own work. I suspect it's an old French word because this is one of the few references I've found for it. Anyway: not only an accomplished artist, but apparently good at research.
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:21 AM on January 3, 2016


Found this and this.
posted by tommyD at 4:57 AM on January 3, 2016


That is an unusual take on Napoleon Bonaparte. She is good at what she is doing, and the LED lights are great. I would love to see a gallery of her clothes on other people as well, though that is a different project than making costumes purely for yourself.
posted by Dip Flash at 5:06 AM on January 3, 2016


Wow, those dresses are amazing. Stuff like this makes me wish I could sew and wish I was craftily inclined. But I'll just admire from my couch.
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 5:06 AM on January 3, 2016


Dip Flash: Her Napoleon is based off the Eiyuu Senki game character of the same name.
posted by divabat at 5:13 AM on January 3, 2016 [3 favorites]




Joe: "Escoffion" seems to be the standard form.
posted by No-sword at 5:33 AM on January 3, 2016


EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD I am ashamed when I think back to what I was doing when I was that age. That Christmas dress is amazing.
posted by Pardon Our Dust at 5:34 AM on January 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


(sorry apparently I have issues spelling)
posted by divabat at 5:39 AM on January 3, 2016


Just one of these is amazing; a whole collection is incredible.
posted by carter at 5:55 AM on January 3, 2016


Nah, divabat, "escoffin" is how Clayton spells it too! For all I know that's a perfectly cromulent variation too -- I didn't mean my comment as a correction, just an observation since Joe seemed to be interested in the word in particular.
posted by No-sword at 6:16 AM on January 3, 2016


Amazing! Thank you, divabat!
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:28 AM on January 3, 2016


I routinely cry while trying to make ordinary pants fit me, so when I see things like this, I don't know whether to be inspired or crushed.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:36 AM on January 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


(ha! thanks! I thought I had typoed or something)

She just graduated high school and is currently working on a portfolio to apply for internships or work experience - she's not interested in getting a degree. She wants to get work as a costume designer for film and theatre.
posted by divabat at 6:57 AM on January 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Dip Flash: Her Napoleon is based off the Eiyuu Senki game character of the same name.

I should have been able to figure that out from the "cosplay" title, if nothing else, but I had just been looking at the more demure historical ones and then it went straight to sexy Napoleon which was quite the transition.

As a portfolio/resume for looking for work, this seems very well-done. I wonder if it will work or if she will still need the credentials and skills of a more formal training program.
posted by Dip Flash at 7:06 AM on January 3, 2016


Work experience, really? There should be queues around the block of people waiting to learn from her experience. Anyone would be lucky to work with her. So talented!
posted by adept256 at 7:07 AM on January 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Stunning. I've had my eye on some of Adafruit's Flora line of wearable electronics boards for awhile. This is so inspiring.
posted by odinsdream at 7:13 AM on January 3, 2016


A tour of her sewing room.
posted by divabat at 7:44 AM on January 3, 2016


At 18, she is already brilliant at her craft. I hope someone in the professional costume community sees this set of work and snaps her up.
posted by Lighthammer at 7:47 AM on January 3, 2016 [3 favorites]


I routinely cry while trying to make ordinary pants fit me, so when I see things like this, I don't know whether to be inspired or crushed.

I know, I'm the same way (though I'm from a family of sewers who did their best to redeem me), but this is next-next-next-level talent - all you can do is behold and admire. Like wow and wow and just nonstop wow.

Also a little amazed at her access to materials - that sewing room has got, probably, thousands of dollars worth of fabric in it. That doesn't undermine her talent one bit, there are plenty of young people who don't draft (!) and sew their own patterns to make mindblowing gowns (and would rather buy them); my thought is just, how amazing would it be, what kind of world would we have, if more kids' dreams were supported in this way?
posted by cotton dress sock at 8:39 AM on January 3, 2016 [11 favorites]


🎶 I feel shlubby, oh so shlubby, I feel shlubby, and grubby, and greeeey 🎶

These are truly works of art and I appreciate that she's documenting the process and sharing it. I wonder how many times "Angela Clayton" will be the future answer to the question "Who are you wearing?*" and how many times we will hear the words "And the Oscar/Emmy/Tony goes to...Angela Clayton."

*I'm hoping the first person with this answer is Tilda Swinton.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:43 AM on January 3, 2016 [5 favorites]


cotton dress sock, that reminds me of a line from a movie (?) about a really talented musician. I butchering the quote but essentially the person talking about him said "thank goodness he was born into a world with pianos". I think about that when I see people like this with such incredible natural skill - it would have been such a waste if she'd been born somewhere else to different parents.
posted by Beti at 8:59 AM on January 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


In that video where she describes her sewing room, she mentions that she spents 6 hours a day working. That talent is hard-earned.
posted by aniola at 9:03 AM on January 3, 2016 [6 favorites]


Holy crap.

Also a little amazed at her access to materials - that sewing room has got, probably, thousands of dollars worth of fabric in it.

Yes, I know, I just kept thinking "Wow $$$!!" But besides the money, a lot of other things have come together to make this happen: discipline, talent, enthusiasm, parental support, and proximity to NYC not only for garment district shopping (imagine how difficult it would be to be this girl but living in North Dakota with access only to Wal-Mart and Jo-Ann) but also for career opportunities.
posted by HotToddy at 9:16 AM on January 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


Also a little amazed at her access to materials - that sewing room has got, probably, thousands of dollars worth of fabric in it.

I have no idea of the value of fabrics, but when she opened that little draw full of buttons and said you could get them cheap online for about 5$, I thought, wow that's like 200$ worth of buttons right there.
posted by adept256 at 9:22 AM on January 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh, Canada!

And yes, I, too, balked at the possible cost of the fabric. Not an inexpensive hobby!
posted by chapps at 11:42 AM on January 3, 2016


Meant to also say... Thanks for this very inspiring post. Have been meaning to sew with lights for ages, having purchased Switchcraft a few years ago.

I fence so came in contact with a purveyor of electroconductive thread who told me he sold some to a sewer who embedded a universal remote control into her Cardigan zipper.. When the TV's in the pub were too annoying she zipps up her cardy and the all turn off. Ha!
posted by chapps at 11:46 AM on January 3, 2016 [4 favorites]


remote control into her Cardigan zipper.. When the TV's in the pub were too annoying she zipps up her cardy and the all turn off.

That would be Adafruit's TV-B-Gone and a Flora, which is exactly what I plan on building.
posted by odinsdream at 1:05 PM on January 3, 2016




O wow, thanks, I will be sharing this link with my friend who sold her the thread!
posted by chapps at 11:18 PM on January 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


The zipper activated switch isn't directly mentioned there, but the author did use that as the trigger on another project with a more hidden IR transmitter.
posted by odinsdream at 8:48 AM on January 4, 2016


The zipper cardigan zapper was probably inspired by this tv-b-gone hoodie by Becky Stern.
posted by moonmilk at 7:44 PM on January 4, 2016


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