So I am officially a costume groupie! I was able to take another look at the costumes this evening at Tribe's Rosalino St Mas camp. They were supposed to open for viewing today but changed the date and they basically let all who did not know (or pretended not to know of the change *whistling* ) a bly to observe while they were in the process of mounting the costumes up.No pictures were allowed to be taken as everything was still being arranged. The frontline costumes were not being put up but I am sure that they would be included once viewing is set up in Cascadia.
I decided to do another post on this because there were a few new things and a few surprises I learnt while I was there........
Green Honey Creeper- Has a headpiece option!! The headpiece on display is pretty but may catch some of you HC lovers off guard. Its a bird beak mask decorated in the matching sequins of the costume (very Eyes Wide Shut). However, I was told its supposed to be worn on the head not as a mask. It is definitely not as stunning as what is seen in the book .I am quite sure they will get complaints from people who want to see that fab head piece up close! No word yet on if the feathered headpiece is an additional price or if you get a discount for the smaller headpiece!!
Bird of Paradise- Has options!! I was a bit disappointed to learn that BOP floor does not come included with the feathered collar. Again not sure about the cost implications. I also found the headpiece looked a bit smaller in real life than compared to the book. I was told that this costume had a smaller headpiece because of the collar accessory...but if you don't opt for the collar then are you stuck with a small headpiece or can you get a bigger one?? hmmm we will find out soon enough.
Green Parrot- Looks a lot better close up than I thought it would.The colours are VERY muted in the book. (I overheard the explanation for this was because the pics were taken on an overcast day and then the printers themselves printed it dark). One thing I am not thrilled about about in this costume is the poonky feather in the front of the waistband.
Hummingbird- The head piece was much larger than I thought it would be. I think they cut off half of it in the book. Its also sexier than I expected as it has zero coverage on the sides.
African Lovebird- The bra has blue sequins on the sides not brown as it appears in the book.Will this be what we get? Who knows..I love it even more. The bra in the book for the floor looks like sequins but the bra in the camp was fully beaded. Did they make a mistake and use the FL bra for the floor? HMMMM? You'd be glad to know the belly beads detach from the bra so it can be worn without the waistband.
Ruby Topaz- Did anyone else notice the model in the book does not seem to be wearing any bikini bottom??? I am still trying to solve this mystery but did not get close enough to inspect.Gorgeous as the book though!
Flight of the Ibis- Has black in the accessories which I overlooked in the show and in the book.Head piece is HUGE but still not my cup of tea overall.
Blue Tanager-These colours are so RICH.Even nicer in real. Those shoulder feathers are a good length.
Pheasant- Still pretty but I am liking the waistband less and less with the poofy things. It seems to have a hint of teal when sen in the light that is pretty interesting. I like the strapless version (as seen in the frontline model) hopefully this will be a floor option.
Caged Canary- The floor has bracelets with hanging chains. I told you Sol would not skimp on the accessories!!
Night Owl- The belt is much fuller than I expected. Again still pretty but not my cup of tea.
Spangled Cotinga- I don't know why the put this right next to Caged Canary cause I just stood and stared at them for the entire time. The head piece on this seems to have the feathers more in line like a mohawk and piled on your head rather than fanning out. It has a lot of volume right on the top. The necklace is more the colour of the bra than the stones.The costume is very similar to Nylon Pool in the sense that it has just basic accessories and no fuss. I was told several times that this costume has NO options. Is floor or Frontline. I was also given a price estimation for the frontline that was ridiculous and more like an individual costing so I am not going to repeat it in fear of making it reality!! Take a guess!
Brazilian Macaw- Seeing this floor model up I think it moved almost to the bottom of my list. I think the waist band looks a bit lacking and cheapens the look of the costume.The headpiece is as small as in the book and if you look very carefully you might see the solitary short blue feather sticking out its front. This costume can't hold a candle to the frontline version.
I was also asked by a reader to suggest costumes for ', and I quote "the big girls". To be quite honest I think overall Tribe costumes are much more skimpy (or 'brief' as my mother would say) than in past years. The majority have no coverage on the sides. So ASSUMING that would indicate that she desired more modesty and extra support.Let me start by saying what you should NOT be wearing. Anytime you have to MODIFY a costume design then you should probably re-examine your options. The costume is not there for you to customize it. It is there because a designer put their TIME and CREATIVITY to work. I think it is an insult to a designer to sign up in a section and distort their vision ,then make demands on them for changes and then turn around and say "they don't cater for big ppl". So with that said, "big girls" please refrain from costumes that will NOT be flattering to your body namely :
Caged Canary- The Chains don't cover anything but private parts on the waistband.The sides are narrow and have no beading hanging. The chains from the bra also cover next to nothing.If you insist in getting in this section and want additional beads I hope you go in Samaroos instead of giving Tribe attitude.
Spangled Cotinga- Yes we know its hot. Yes I want to look as good as the model in the costume.But don't feel that because the FL is a monokini that this is suitable for you! I know a petite person who has huge breasts and refuses to play because the style of top simply won't hold her breasts. Breasts will be out the sides and it also has no support. As my comments yesterday, the way this piece fits at the hips is unflattering if you are wide in that area. I would also suggest you have a flat stomach for this one. With the floor, the 'bamcee piece' is almost non existent. If the longest decoration is 3 gems long at the back its plenty. It covers next to nothing. Again zero side coverage
Brazilian Macaw- If anyone goes to Tribe and ask for the FL bra in 40DD I would like them to call me so I can have a word with them.NO, its not for you.If maybe you got a proper bra decorated in similar fashion (at your expense I hope) then fine.....the waistband still not going to cover anything.
Now these would be my pics for the 'big girl' in no order :
Wild Parrot- Much better than I thought it would be visually, good coverage all around and clearly it can accommodate big busted people (refer to model in book)
Bird of Paradise- A genuine bra with fantastic diamantes ,good coverage in the waistband, optional accessories to hide problem areas. It still has plenty of sex appeal with the illusion of nakedness with the fleshtone bra.
Green Honeycreeper- I say this tentatively....It is not for people with big breasts as the bra is just a shell front with two rings that have to be strung and crossed to make the halter neck and back. This has no support....However if there is a bra option or it can be modified with a more sturdy tie or multiple ties then go for it. The waistband is gorgeous and provides coverage with semi translucent beading. So you're covered without really looking like you are trying to be modest
African Love Bird- I love it! No worries about sucking in that belly!The beading drapes across and you could probably add more if you wanted. The full waistband provides coverage and the FL cloth addition will hide anything that you don't want to be seen. The bra is a solid bra as well with a very sexy neckline to show off that cleavage.
Night Owl- This is probably the most modest waistband in the entire band. Wider waistband with longer and fuller beading (semi translucent). Full bra with semi translucent beads hanging.
So don't say you did not know!! I urge all to ask questions while you are at the camp viewing costumes. They are always happy to assist. Ask about options and about cost implications of modifications. Do they have a tankini or hot shorts?A lot of people overlook what the back of what the costume looks like...but don't go with yuh fas self and flip over the ppl costume. I believe TRIBE has always been VERY accommodating and several people I know buy their own bras and get it taken in to be decorated. I have heard several other bands do this as well. But again, masqueraders have a tendency to put unreasonable demands on the band because they are paying customers.Take a spin in Samaroos, see what they have and what you can use to fix it up yourself if need be before deciding on a section.Bands are only contracted to give you what appears in the prototype and not to make a costume a more appealing customized version on your body.I don't get a discount on a costume when I want to make it skimpier so there is no reasonable level of expectation that someone should get additional materials free of charge. I am not sure when Tribe's camp will be officially opened or when viewing will begin at Cascadia so stay tuned!