From Costumes to Fashion

When 50%DANGEROUS started getting into clothing it was initially through costume making. Because of this, it was not always required of us to create everything from scratch. Not even close. We would hot glue seams, take pre-made second-hand clothes and bring them in to fit, use paint instead of dye, and even using cardboard instead of interfacing. Anything to get out of sewing! We took this a step further and began to focus on armor heavy costumes that required less and less fabric to be seen.

“We value having started in costume making”

Costume making was a ton of fun but over time we found ourselves in situations where we were being asked by others for reassurance when they were worried if their costume was accurate enough. In the world of costume making, the harder you try the more pressure you feel to replicate your creations down to the very smallest details from its original art. While many people don’t mind, we found this to be something that hindered creativity for us. Discovering that, we become more interested in creating original designs, not having others to compare replication to, and not worrying about infringement.

When making costumes, fashion, or anything, don’t let the trolls of the internet get you down. We all have different budgets, skill levels, and ways of creating things. In the end, it’s about having fun and enjoying what you are doing. That is most important.

Through all this was a transition into clothing creation. Learning to sew, pattern making, and figuring out all the millions of buttons on a sewing machine. We value having started in costume making because it doesn’t let us ever make anything too basic. Costumes, especially in video games, break a lot of rules and it’s a big inspiration. It has taught us about adding dimension, exploring color combinations, and even understanding how certain things hold up under physical pressure or long periods of time. We wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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Everyone has different growing pains, achievements, and learning experiences. Creating fashion is no exception. The one thing I didn’t know before diving deep into this stylish world was how unique each brand’s growing pains were.

In ballet, there’s an end goal. A clear one, if you’re trying to dance professionally. Everyone works hard for the same auditions to get into the same top companies. There is a standard for how everyone should present themselves, difficult dance steps are difficult to the masses, and the end highest point is that of a prima ballerina.

Some people jump into fashion from a previous hobby, such as costume-making or having relatives who sew/tailor.
The path is not straightforward and you never know where it might lead you in the future.

 

Go for it! Get your feet wet and don’t give up!

In the fashion business, everyone has a unique road to success. Some go to fashion college, get a degree, intern for a major brand, and then begin their own personal collection after years of understanding the industry. That method alone can be unique. If you pursue American fashion vs. Japanese boutique-style fashion, you get two very different time lines on how things should be done or how to market to your customers.
Some people jump into fashion from a previous hobby, such as costume-making or having relatives who sew/tailor. This can go many ways too. One might dive in and learn as they go or have all the sewing knowledge already, but with such strong skills, they can just wing it on the marketing side.

There are many different ways to get into fashion, and you don’t need to feel like you can’t jump in just because you didn’t get started in one particular way over another. Go for it! Get your feet wet and don’t give up! The path is not straightforward and you never know where it might lead you in the future! For example, when making a collection, you might find out you really enjoyed the process of making hats for the models to wear and then explore the hat industry. Who knows? It’s exciting! You’ve got this!