Cosmopolitan Fashionista In Training

Captain's Blog - Stardate 60509.2

We're going into tech for The Boys Upstairs with a preview in ten days. The cast is in fantastic shape and have plenty of time to really explore the piece, the space, and the relationships before we get an audience. Tonight we'll also be discovering our costumes and that is going to be amazing and incredibly informative.

Ashley is a self-proclaimed cosmopolitan fashionista with roots in the deep south living the dream in New York City. At the top of the show, he's just come home from working on a show in Paris. 

Shaun, on the other hand, has never really been what you'd call fashion forward. 

Don't get me wrong, I'd say I dress pretty well. But a standard look for me is a well cut t-shirt, pair of jeans, and a belt that's roughly the same color as my shoes. I consider my look to be classic...though I'm probably wrong.

When I was in eighth grade, I was a pretty snazzy dresser. I wore the best Ocean Pacific shirts and the best Levi's jeans. I'd also stopped wearing my glasses so I could fit in better. Not see better, of course, but that was neither here nor there. I was also starting to grow a slight mustache. That's when I got a few constructive criticisms that changed my approach.

First, I was told I had a hairlip. That day I went home and told my Dad I needed to learn to shave. He promptly borrowed the neighbor's video camera and that Saturday we recorded that embarrassing moment for posterity. With any luck, I've managed to bury that deeply in the storage boxes in my parents' basement.

I also had a friend tell me that I needed to dress like another boy in my class. She thought he was cute (and so did I) and that I should model my style after his. We talked, and it appeared he did most of his shopping at the Gap. I came home that day and told my Mom we needed to shop there instead of where we'd been shopping. She begrudgingly agreed and I became a Gap Kid.

Since then, I've worked my way through the various men's clothing stores. From Gap, I graduated to Banana Republic. They got boring after Clinton left office, and then Structure became Express which is where I've shopped the bulk of my adult years. Lately, I've been drifting back to the Gap. My next shopping spree (you know, when I win the PowerBall) will likely be at Top Man.

However, there are probably some gays that don't feel I'm much when it comes to fashion. There are some looks, for example, that are not my taste. This includes the summer scarf, capris for men, and for the longest time skinny jeans. Not long ago at Sidetrack, I even got read for having an ugly wallet. (Really, kween?)

Ashley continues to be a fun exploration for me. I'm excited to see how "filling his shoes" adds a new level to my work. Costumes invariably inform the character. Ashley is a very confident man on the outside, and part of the work he's done on his outward persona is his fashion. It's quintessential to who he is. Aside from loving the looks, it's a way he can take control of his surroundings. The fun part of Ashley is that there are many moments where he find himself unclothed and struggling to get his control (and his clothes) back.

They say clothes make the man. Tonight we'll put that concept to the test. Can't. Wait.

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