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  • Where to procure proper stage attire?

    Showtime is SHOWTIME... I play inna band of intended entertainers, and we know stage attire is a must, and our threads suck. Does anyone here have a source for proper stage attire... our ideal would be something like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai-aLzd5imI&feature=related

    I have the sunglasses... Billy's model... which I've worn for a few decades... but after that the ensamble gets pretty weak.

  • #2
    Stuff like that...almost certainly custom made, not available off the rack or in stores.
    I know for a fact that Billy gets a lot of his beanie-type hats custom done by someone who has no store at all.
    For cripe's sake, somebody buy that kid a freaking DICTIONARY already!

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    • #3
      Stuff like that...almost certainly custom made, not available off the rack or in stores.
      I know for a fact that Billy gets a lot of his beanie-type hats custom done by someone who has no store at all.

      I figured as much... I'm looking for contact information for those folks who do that stuff.

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      • #4
        What you want is a Nudie Suit:

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        • #5
          Personally, I think that on the local bar band level, that sort of thing is really cheesy. I'm all about cheese, but some things just don't translate well to the small stage. For example, I think DLR was hilarious, but seeing someone with big hair, a spandex bodysuit and assless chaps doing high kicks for a crowd of 200 - that's just sad.

          That said, I'd start investigating your local theater scene (or theater dept at a college) and talk to the costumers. You'd want these outfits tailored, and that's easier to do in-person.

          -Dan.
          Well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones.

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          • #6
            That said, I'd start investigating your local theater scene (or theater dept at a college) and talk to the costumers. You'd want these outfits tailored, and that's easier to do in-person.

            -Dan.

            Good advice... I think we have some in-house capablities locally... and will pursue.

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            • #7
              Personally, I think that on the local bar band level, that sort of thing is really cheesy. I'm all about cheese, but some things just don't translate well to the small stage. For example, I think DLR was hilarious, but seeing someone with big hair, a spandex bodysuit and assless chaps doing high kicks for a crowd of 200 - that's just sad.

              That said, I'd start investigating your local theater scene (or theater dept at a college) and talk to the costumers. You'd want these outfits tailored, and that's easier to do in-person.

              -Dan.

              Well Dan, I personally believe that it is more about 'owning' the look and being confident enough to pull it off. The look itself is just clothes. If you aren't really tuned into the look, then it is just a bad choice of clothes. If you really LIVE the look, and own it, then there is nothing wrong with wearing that sort of thing at any level.

              Those are nice custom jobs, but you might want to start by looking at some of the western wear places, there are a lot of embellished shirts and jackets out there. If you want to (and choose carefully) you could add some more shine to it with a few crafting supplies. But you really have to be careful or it will look uber cheesy....
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              • #8
                Well Dan, I personally believe that it is more about 'owning' the look and being confident enough to pull it off. The look itself is just clothes. If you aren't really tuned into the look, then it is just a bad choice of clothes. If you really LIVE the look, and own it, then there is nothing wrong with wearing that sort of thing at any level.

                Those are nice custom jobs, but you might want to start by looking at some of the western wear places, there are a lot of embellished shirts and jackets out there. If you want to (and choose carefully) you could add some more shine to it with a few crafting supplies. But you really have to be careful or it will look uber cheesy....

                Locally and regionally, I probably own the look:





                Time for some new threads if you ask me.

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                • #9
                  You can find a lot of cool stuff in 2nd hand stores too.
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                  • #10
                    IMO, you don't need taylored, unless you have a specific uniform you're going for or you want something super specific.

                    If you like the ZZ thing (and I like it personally) you can do it real easy, but you really can't do it cheap (unless you have three lifetimes worth of spare time to go to estate sales in BFE)

                    Go to the western wear store. Be prepared to shell out for a shirt, some real jeans, and some good boots.

                    That stuff isn't cheap, but its way cheaper than the custom alternative.
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                    • #11
                      IMO, you don't need taylored, unless you have a specific uniform you're going for or you want something super specific.


                      eh, this I will argue a bit. By "tailored," I don't mean custom, I just mean altered to fit better. Any kind of apparel can look considerably better when it's the correct size. If you're going to take the time and effort to shoot for a "look," it would behoove you to make sure your outfits actually fit properly. Relative to all the other expenses you have to deal with in a band, clothing alterations are minimal.

                      -Dan.
                      Well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones.

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                      • #12


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                        • #13
                          You can find a lot of cool stuff in 2nd hand stores too.
                          Yah, we used to get our stuff down on Highland street in Wormtown at some place called "hurdy girdy's" or some such . It might be called "Treasures Unlimited" now ?

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                          • #14
                            Yea,.. Vintage clothing stores is the way to go. If I fit in any of their clothes, I would shop there. I am 6'7" and have to shop at big and tall stores. The bad part is I'm not "big and tall",... I'm just tall. 6'7" and 240 lbs is not considered big I guess.

                            I usually wear a fitted button down long sleeve collared shirt with nice jeans and boots.

                            Vintage clothes will make you look good!!
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                            • #15
                              I've gotten a couple of cool show shirts on ebay. I've always been into the bowling shirt look.

                              As far as going "over the top" for small crowds, I don't do it personally, but have no problem with it. If you can back it up with your chops and attitude then more power to you. I'm there to be entertained! If you're any combination of drunk off your @$$, can't play, the sound is terrible, playing obscure covers for personal satisfaction, then yes you just look stupid. Then again, it doesn't matter what you're wearing cuz I'm leaving anyway.

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