ONE complaint you’ll never hear around the CEMA costume department is, “I haven’t got a thing to wear!”
If anything, the problem is an excess with well over a thousand outfits according to Rory Sloane, who has just been appointed as the part-time custodian of this vast and varied wardrobe.
“I’m still discovering new outfits hanging in the nooks and crannies of the upstairs storeroom,” she said.
“These are clothes that have been donated over the years or purchased for various stage productions. I’ve found some really good pieces like bridesmaids’ dresses and some reproduction flapper dresses from the 1920s. It’s mainly clothes from the 1960s-80s and most are in very good condition.”
Highlights? Well, they range from the sublime to the ridiculous. The nicest item is a wedding dress that Ms Sloane, who moved here two years ago from Sydney, reckons is a century old. She is quite taken with a black velvet cape she found, too.
“That’s easy,” she laughed. “It’s my favourite, really, because it is so fantastically ghastly, just hideous. It’s a pink bridesmaid’s dress that I could wear at Halloween, it’s that bad.”
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.