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Coming out of the woods!

This weekend is the last weekend to see Huntsville Community Chorus”s youth production of “Into the Woods”! Earlier in the spring HCCA hired me to design, and style costumes for their production. I was able to pull in UAH student Kaylie Miller to design Little Red Riding Hood, and the Witches cape. Kaylie is an intern at Fig Leaf Costumes, she is mainly a Theatre major and Business admin minor in her Senior year there.

We researched the costumes, color theory, and textures of fabrics for each character to set the visual tone of the play. Once this was done a student costumer Leah Purves, and her assistant Sharon Purves took over the costume construction part. They did a beautiful job organizing, altering, and construction costumes for the cast. It really is a beautiful show.

We were able to see the show last week. Local photographer Jeff White shot the play from head to golden toes. All show photographs below are photographed by him. enjoy the photographs, and costume sketches below, but to get the full effect, go see the show!

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What Mime is it? Gospel mime time!

imageWe welcome the spiritual, and gospel mime community. Do you know that we carry mime supplies? We have clown white in both Mehron and Ben Nye. We carry the white setting powder that helps your makeup hold up through your performance. Mime like a PRO with quality product. You can call us to order over the phone, order online with our new Square store, come in to the shop, or we can ship to you! Plus we carry unique colors for accents to set your group apart from another during competition. A little swoop or splash of color can go a long way to help a judge remember your act. We also doing consulting for custom matching outfits and performance wear! Let us help you bring home the trophy! We’ve got you covered!

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Fig Leaf at Fantasy!

FantasyFig Leaf Costumes is teaching a 12 week stage makeup class for youth at fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater. We start today, but you can still register till the end of the week. It won’t be hard to catch up if you miss the first class. Here is a link to registration. Class Registration

If you aren’t familiar with Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater, it is a wonderful place. They have been working with children and adults to perform curious, playful theater at the VBC, and at the fantasy Playhouse Academy for over 50 years. They hold workshops for the community in a school outreach program, and teach classes at their academy. They do a great job cultivate youth into professional theater participants abroad and at home. Find out more at their website. Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater

Also, attention clowns! Your makeup is in for the Huntsville Hospital Clown class. Stop in and grab what you need for your list.

Thank you, for a great Halloween Month!

We want to thank you for the best Halloween month ever! Every person who came in was a pleasure to find a costume for. We even got to see some of you in your costumes out on the town. Also, thanks to those who posted photographs of your finished costume to our Facebook page! You are still welcome to post a pic, we would love to see how your costume turned out! We have a few photographs of our own to share! I will post them below.

We had a great television interview with David Wood! It was his last interview before moving in a different direction in his employment. He was hilarious and took lots of great shots of customers and our very own “Baroness Thirsty Von Darkness”! Click on the pic or HERE for the link!

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Vampire Baroness “Thirsty Von Darkness”

Matt Wake also wrote a great article for AL.com and included several photographs including this one by Omni photographer “Scott Roberts”. Click the photo for the article! Or click HERE!

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We played a whole lot of dress up, all month.

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Vampire Face

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Friday, Octobre 30th we went to OTBX for the T.A.P./OTBX meet and greet costume party. All beers on tap were $4 till close. Larry Mason and family were there, and lots of other great costumed guests. Bill Fowler and his crew did a bang up job in costumes provided by Fig Leaf Costumes! If you missed it don’t worry, we will have another one in the New Year! I have to say hanging out with my sister as an Amish brother was fun! She got more stares than laughs, but sometimes it is good to bring a little awkward to a party downtown, right? Living La Vida Local!

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Afterwards we walked around downtown a little. We saw a mermaid and her dead sailor boyfriend. We saw Lance and friends at the Voodoo lounge. He is the White Rabbit, boy was it hoppin’!

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My sister/brother had a great night judging the costume contest at Yellow Hammer brewery for Hammerween on Halloween night. somehow she ended up dancing on the bar with Jessica Rabbit later at Whiskey Bottoms! That is one liberal Amish gal!

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After such a great month we decided to close the shop on Halloween Day itself. Though I was there till 2:30 anyway helping out last-minute customers. when the last customer left, I hung the sign and hit the road with Jo and Ben for a much needed vacation in New Orleans!

Here is the road and Jo’s little bird shrine.

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New Orleans was Amazing! After having the best breakfast ever at “Cake” bakery and cafe, we shopped a few junk shops and the French Market. Then we drove to Birmingham for the Dia de los Muertas Festival. It was nice to see the little celebration I used to attend and help with over a decade ago, grow into a big beautiful thing with major Latino and Hispanic representation. There was traditional music, food, art, altars and alot of cultural blending going on. it was Beautiful! I hope Huntsville can grow theirs to be a bigger more inclusive event. It just takes time. Anyhoo here is a great Instagram photo of me by “Jamie Maloy”! For more Birmingham photos of the event go to Instagram and search #dotdbirmingham or #dotdalabama. You can also add your loved ones names to the rollcall each year. It was good and sad to hear the names of my grandmother, sister Corina Louise Dominguez, and old friend Tonya West this year. There is something beautiful too about acknowledging their lives and deaths among hundreds of others who have lost dear ones.

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We finally made it back to Huntsville. Now that we are nearly done with the laundry we have hung all of our newly purchased masks in time for the Fall, Christmas, and New year’s Masquerades! Come and get them before they are gone.

Now for a little break with Kaffeeklatsch coffee and Pizzelle’s new Klatsch Bar. Yum. We will post soon about all of the new things we are doing locally, and we thank you for supporting “GOOD” local too!

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Halloweenie!

Halloween is right around the corner! I know, I know it is really just over a month away. But, it really is right around the bend. Let us help you prepare early this year. When you visit the shop, we can help you put together a unique look or a new twist on a classic theme. When you get the perfect outfit, we can reserve it for you, so you don’t have to worry about finding the right thing last-minute. You can focus on your party, event, or your trick or treating.

We have tons of new prosthetics and makeup in supply. If you are face painting for parties we have loads of palettes in cake, and creme makeups. we can also order the perfect wigs and accessories! Did I mention that we have black light reactive body paint and airbrush paint? We do, and it is gorgeous!

With the upcoming Zombie walk, you can purchase Zombie prosthetics  and liquid latex in peach and brown. We have half faces, nose bridges, bald caps, scars, stitches, stakes, you name it. and they are all very affordable ranging from $5-$30.

Come in and get your Halloween Game Face On!

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Last week was out of this world….

Last week at Figgie’s was very busy, and fun! We sponsored another episode of “Steal the Show”, at the Lowe Mill Arts Center. It is a fun, interactive game show with heavy theatrical and musical elements. Three audience members are chosen to compete for a $100 cash prize. Here are a few photographs of the handmade moon, contestants, Host Harvey Peckinpaw and her assistant Miss Sassyfrass. A fun time was had by all. We hope to see you at the next one!

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Our tiny Fig Leaf Gardening project has come to life. I planted a few hundred sunflowers in the spring. Our first one has bloomed with many more ready to emerge. This fall we intend to do more work towards the beautification of the property. It is a nice view, and hopefully it will inspire others in our neighborhood to add a splash of color.image

In other news ConKasterborous was this past weekend at the Westin! A fun time was had by all. We were commissioned to make a hat for a “Missy” cosplay. Missy is a character in Dr. Who. She is fashioned after Mary Poppins. So, we found a vintage hat, disassembled it and reassembled it, then decked it out. I love the results! Our customer was very pleased too! Remember we can do commissioned costumes with 30 days notice!

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Lastly, we were able to supply both the Pirates of Penzance, and Aladdin productions with specialty theatrical makeup. Did you love the steampunk metallic look of the characters? We carry specialty metallic powders, cremes, and more in our large selection of Ben Nye, Mehron, and Graftobian theatrical makeup. We are local, convenient, and we don’t charge shipping. Plus, we can order and have it next day as long as you order by noon! Talk about service! We love helping theatres and individuals find their look and the accompanying product needed. Let us do the work for you. We will even dress a mannequin and feature your production, if you bring us a poster for the show. That is just one more example of how we want to promote theatre and the arts. Take us up on it, we love promoting!imageimageCome see us at Fig Leaf Costumes! 3301 9th avenue S.W.

Easter Rabbit Season!

Good afternoon! Just a reminder that we are completely booked for mascot Easter rabbit rentals this weekend. We do have three open-faced rabbit costumes left. They are a $50 rental and a $65 deposit.

Don’t fret though. We have lovely Easter Rabbit actors available for hire! They are $150 for one hour or $225 for two hours. Call us to see which time slots are still available. They are on a set schedule for Saturday and Sunday appearances.

For those doing passion plays or crucifixion re enactments: We’ve got you covered! We have scar gel, wrinkle stipple, liquid latex, modelling wax,  and scar wax in brown and peach colors. We also have a large variety of blood in liquid, gel, paste, and powdered form. And don’t forget the Romans and the crown of thorns. Ours is nice and soft rubber with a realistic thorny look. They are a comfy alternative while your actor is hanging out on the cross.

Make sure to come see the selection and we can advise you in what to use.

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