The “Buffalo Gals” have extensively researched and authentically designed & built ensembles to meet the needs of clients needing historic interpreters. Enjoy their journey in costume and character development, and the events that follow on their individual web pages:
Bailey Phillips 1866 Pioneer (Adapting Fiona’s Ensemble)
1902 Government Secretary
Carol Dean 1765 Tory Hostess
as Caroline Lockhart, Cody Entrepreneur 1910
Chris Davis, 1898 Livery Owner
Diane Svaty, 1865 Maid
Doty Flowers, 1909 World Renowned Artist
Eliana “Ellie” Karhu, 1910 Nurse
Fiona Buker, 1866 Alabama Plantation Girl on the trail to Nebraska
Grace Kirkland, 1868 Pioneer (Adapting Kristi’s ensemble)
Holley Kirkland, 1810 Merchant’s Wife
Jacinta Schneider, 1805 Wealthy Merchant’s Daughter
1884 Mayor’s Wife
Jenny Schneider as Jeannette Rankin, Congresswoman 1902-1916
Jenny’s Rankin Pages to Come!
Kateri Schneider, 1895 Traveling Reporter
1899 Western Bank Robber
Kristi Harder, 1868-72 Pioneer & Settler
Lynette Link, 1902 Head of Housemaid
Mary Colling. 1887 Wyoming Homestead Teacher
Melissa Urick, 1885 Dairy Farm Wife
1874 Land Investor (research coming)
Sary Svaty, 1855 Lumber Camp Cook
Shelly King, 1790 Small Town Patriot
1912 Titanic Socialite
Suzi Sellers, 1883 Wyoming Preacher’s Wife
Tiss Svaty, 1905 High Fashion Designer
Development of a complete authentic, beautiful, historical period costume is done in many steps over a period of weeks or months:
- General Time Period research: including environmental, political, economical, & social factors & their influence to fashion in the world.
- Era Specific research: those same factors in the character’s narrower world view.
- Character development: study in the mental & physical state of the person to be portrayed including their views on the world, social status, availability to materials, & special stories, personality quirks, or insight into how they might think & behave that can help enhance the performance.
- Design concept: research on garments required, materials for that character based on historical samples.
- Design development: decisions on materials & methods that will be used, including dyes, colors, patterns, etc.
- Materials acquistion/Final Design: final sketches for customer approval, showing details & methods to be used, & based on real materials currently available (modification of original concept to suit modern methods & availability).
- Construction: starts with the garment closest to the body (usually the chemise), and builds to the outer garments & then accessories “from the underwear up”.
- Completion: adjustment & details including period markings, fancy work, or additions.