Tuesday, October 27, 2009

movie deal

There's been an exciting result of my participation in the current Featured Artist show at Art on Main in Bristol, VT (through November 13th): NYC costume designer and Bristol native Ciera Wells, stopped by on a recent visit and checked out the wrap skirts I have in the show. She liked them so well she called me that night to arrange for one to be made for the leading lady in the film she's currently working on. And she added that she might need an apron as well.

The movie is called When Harry Tries to Marry, directed by Nayan Padrai. It's an indie romantic-comedy-meets-Bollywood sort of piece, set in NYC and India. From the Los Angeles Chronicle:

"...a top ten finalist from this years (Screenwriting) Expo, When Harry Tries to Marry, has announced that they will begin filming this week. A romantic comedy about a young Indian-American college student who shocks his assimilated Indian family when he insists that he wants an arranged marriage, the film will be shot on location in New York and India under the direction of Nayan Padrai from the original script by Ralph Stein and Nayan Padrai."

You can read a short article about it in the Hollywood Reporter here.

It's been interesting working with Ciera as I've never before had a look into the creative process of a costume designer. She told me that the character would be wearing mostly reds and turquoise, and in order to help me grasp her vision for this character's style she sent me an image file of her "research," which turned out to be a collage of fashion photos cut from magazines and catalogues like Bowen and Garnet Hill. It was really quite helpful, as words can only describe so much.

These are the aprons I made from primarily vintage fabrics for possible use in the film. The skirt I made for her is similar to the one pictured here, but with a firey red/orange collar and a black gingham waist and back ties. It will be exciting if I get to see it on screen.

More publicity for this movie:
Screen Daily
Los Angeles Chronicle
Hollywood Reporter


may day studio said...

Sarah, that's wonderful! Not just that your work might be in a movie--which is totally awesome, by the way--but that you're getting a good challenge!


Anonymous said...


I am Celeste Malvar-Stewart, a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University in the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising.
Firstly, I'd like to comment:
I LOVE your aprons and skirts! What beautiful contributions to eco-design :)

I am conducting a study on American eco-designers and their use of post-consumer textiles.
As an important fellow eco-designer, I would like to invite you to participate in my survey. Please provide me with an appropriate e-mail address where I may send my invitation for your much needed and greatly appreciated participation.
Thank you!

Celeste Malvar-Stewart
Graduate Student
Eastern Michigan University
Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising
e-mail: cmalvar@emich.edu