Sew & Tell

Premiere DateNov 4, 2011
Categories Media Talk
00:00 DJ Marie (Underneath: shadows like despondent ghosts William Ryan Fritch)
03:31 Interview with Kathryn Smith
11:24 DJ Marie
12:21 Bad As Me Tom Waits
15:28 Black Mood Ring Viva Voce
20:41 When The World Comes to an End Dirty Projectors & Bjork
23:46 DJ Marie
24:45 Interview with Kathryn Smith
29:06 DJ Marie
30:02 Teflon Heart Caged Animals
33:32 Voyager Reprise Surfer Blood
37:48 Brain Freeze Spectrals
40:12 DJ Marie
41:09 Interview with Kathryn Smith
47:55 DJ Marie
49:40 Dead Man's Bones Dead Man's Bones
52:41 Finish

Boo! Welcome to a special Halloween episode of Sew & Tell! What’s everyone’s favorite part of Halloween (besides candy)? The opportunity it offers us to get dressed up, to transform ourselves through clothes, makeup, and props, and become someone we’re not the other 364 days of the year. This permission to exercise creativity in costume embodies the relationship of style and identity in a way no other event can match – not even Fashion Week. So, in honor of this fashion-forward fete, I spoke with an industry professional this week.

Kathryn Smith is a Maine-based costume designer and stylist for film and print. Her path to wardrobe was indirect, shifting from various jobs in the film industry to buyer for the beautifully curated boutique Black Parrot, but it perfectly pairs her passion for expressive clothes and storytelling. Kate has built a reputation within Maine as the go-to wardrobe designer, and has experience with a wide variety of projects – from national print ad campaigns to feature and indie films. On today’s show, Kate talks about how she got from set painting to wardrobe, some of the considerations that make costume design unique, a few of her childhood style role models, and even shares some fantasy Halloween costume ideas.

Plus, a wonderfully dark play list featuring tracks from Tom Waits, Surfer Blood, Spectrals, and even a collaboration between Dirty Projectors and Bjork. So turn up the volume and settle in to this week’s story – who knows? You might even get inspired to wear your costume again this weekend…

Kate Smith
(Photo by Elizabeth Atterbury for Maine Magazine)

Stills from commercial photo shoots, style & wardrobe by Kathryn Smith
(All photos by Cig Harvey)

*Link to a preview for the upcoming film “Like the Water“; link to the IMDB page for 2012’s “Anatomy of the Tide“.

Sample Inventory from Black Parrot Boutique
(All photos courtesy of Black Parrot)

Hannoh drop-waist dress

Rachel Comey gray Saranac ballet flats

Moroccans rubbery jewelry from Paris

Obakki’s Chloe dress

Selections from Risto S/S 2012
(Photos courtesy of Risto)

Paul Bunyan & Babe (aka Tim & DJ Marie), Halloween 2011

Caged Animals
(Photo by Zandy Mangold)
Nov 12 – Paradiso Grote Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 15 – Madame JoJo’s – London, United Kingdom
Nov 18 – La Fleche d’Or – Paris, France
Dec 23 – Mexicali Live – Teaneck, NJ

Surfer Blood
(Photo by Ian Witlen)
Nov 4 – Bowdoin College – Brunswick, ME
Nov 5 – iMAC Theater – Yonkers, NY
Nov 6 – The Grand Opera House – Wilmington, DE
Nov 7 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Nov 8 – Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro, NC
Nov 9 – Louisville Palace – Louisville, KY
Nov 10 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN
Nov 11 – North Charleston Performing Arts Center – Charleston, SC
Dec 4 – Jacksonville Metro Park – Jacksonville, FL
Dec 5 & 6 – Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO
Dec 8 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, United Kingdom
Dec 9 – 11 – ATP – Minehead, United Kingdom

(Photo by Jacob Lillis)
Nov 5 – The Deaf Institute – Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 10 – HMV Ritz – Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 12 – Constellations Festival – Leeds, United Kingdom
Feb 24 – The Bull & Gate – London, United Kingdom

Host Britt
Britt (formerly DJ Marie) has a passion for all forms of art, as well as for the creative process. She has a BA in Communications/Theater and a Post-Bacc in Photography from Maine Media Workshops. Britt began…