I found the Klingons in 1990. If t was a wonderful discovery, because I found that I could use all of my art background to make costumes. I enjoyed the mini-vacations from the mundane that Klingon events were for me. It was cosplay before cosplay was cool! Over the years, I have dressed hundreds of Klingons, and have also branched out into other regions of the Star Trek Universe: Romulan, Borg, Ferengi, Vulcan, Starfleet. Some of my Klingon customers wanted costumes for characters from other sci-fi universes, and I happily obliged! I have also stepped into other fantasy realms, both in media, such as anime’, and faerie and period wear.
I approach costume design as sculpture first: How do you make two dimensional media, such as fabric, leather and vinyl, fit on a rounded three dimensional body? How do you attach unlike materials together to make the proper look, and not fall apart? How do you create an unique design for a custom client, and still keep it recognizable as a Klingon, Minbari, etc.? How do you make the construction sturdy enough that it will survive repeated long term wear without much maintenance?
Am I a fan? Yes, I am! Do I make these for money? Yes, I do! Am I a manufacturer? Definitely not! I approach each project as an unique work of costume art, custom made to my client’s measurements. While I try to be true to the source, if any, I consider my work to be an interpretation, not a replication. The needs of fans are more stringent than those on the set. It’s hard to wear a uniform for 18 hours at a con if it needs constant fixing. Fans don’t have the luxury of wardrobe folks buzzing around them with hot glue and duck tape between takes. I don’t make set quality outfits, I make fan quality outfits!