Oklahoma City costume maker sews up new business by consulting
Local costume designer Dayna Brown's home studio is lined with racks of sequined gowns, vintage fur coats and Shakespearean theater garb. There's even a floor-length cape or two.
“I've never been able to pass up a good vintage dress,” Brown said. “It's a good thing I can make costumes out of them, otherwise I'd just have too many clothes.”
Brown designs costumes for local theater groups and also has done costuming for the Oklahoma City Ballet. Now she's branching out into a new business — called Costumed — that specializes in personal costume consulting.
Costumed specializes in professional costume design and alteration, as well as hair and makeup.
Brown became involved in the performing arts as a dancer and actor, and she branched out into costuming.
Since Brown began sewing at age 9, costuming seemed like a natural progression.
“I've always had fashion as a hobby,” she said.
Costumed provides consulting services for people who are going to costume parties — even black tie events — or photo shoots.
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Brown's favorite thing to do is sit down with a client and figure out what mood or character they want to evoke with their costume, she said.
“We can make it as formal as you need it to be and as fun as you want it to be,” she said. “You will stand out — no one else will have on what you have on.”
She hopes to provide her services for everything from costumed corporate events to themed family photo shoots.
The best part about her business is making people feel good, she said.
“Whenever someone puts on a costume, they have fun; it transforms the way the person feels that day.”
More information on Costumed can be found at www.costumed.net, or on Facebook at costumedokc.