Brett Hargis–Advice for Costumers

What is your name? Brett Wahab Hargis

What is your occupation? Former college professor, professional theatre nerd and, right now, retail.

I like your “Shironuri” picture. But I don’t know what that is. Can you tell us about it? Shironuri is a type of Japanese street fashion. There are many types of Japanese street fashion, like Lolita, Decora, Gyaru, Shironuri, Fairy Kei, Dolly Kei, Mori Kei, Visual Kei. Kei means style, basically. And all of these cover a vast range of fashions. Sometime they spill over into different categories. If you want an amazing example of Shironuri, look up a lady named Minori. Her style is ethereal and beautiful! Have fun googling all these different types of style. They’re awesome!

How old are you? I just turned the big 4-0.

Where do you live? The mountains!

Do you have a website or a blog or a Twitter account or anything where people can learn more about you? Nope! I don’t like random people finding me. I do have a Facebook page, though. I mostly lurk around the internet.

Most interesting place you’ve visited? For my 40th birthday and our 17th wedding anniversary, we went to JAPAN! I’ve also been to England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales several times.

Can you tell us about a highlight of the Japan trip? I just recently got back from my first (but not last) trip to Japan! I think my favorite thing was the Fushimi Inari Taisha. It is the main Inari shrine, at the bottom of a mountain. Inari is a god of rice and metalsmithing. His messengers and shrine guardians are foxes. The big shrine is at the bottom and there are torii gates everywhere. You walk up a path that is covered with thousands of reddish orange torii gates. We took a side path that took us through a bamboo forest and a much less traveled path to the top of the mountain. There are around 32,000 shrines that dot the hillsides and are just stacked on top of each other. They’re everywhere! It’s really quite an amazing sight! We also had inari sushi and kitsune udon for lunch. It was delicious and the view of Kyoto below was not to be missed.

Favorite meal? I really like well cooked sukiyaki and inari sushi. A good steak can be nice. Man…it’s like choosing your favorite song or something… I can’t pick just one thing.;


Can you give us some advice for costumers? I’m not a professional costumer, but I’ve worked many an hour in a costume shop, while pursuing my Master’s in Theater. My advice would be to start working on things as soon as you can!! I’ve been in that shop that was sewing the costumes on the actresses as they were walking up the stairs to go out on stage. It’s usually full of stress and craziness! No one wants that!
Another bit of advice is to stand back and let yourself enjoy your work. Not just the finished product, but a particularly good hand stitch, or really getting that button in right. I worked on a Shakespearean play once, and we sewed all the costumes from scratch. I made so many ruffles… We didn’t buy any ruffles, we hand scrunched each one. I got darn good at doing a ruffle, let me tell you!
Oh, and always get good fabric. Don’t cheap out on it. It always turns out better if you spend a little more to get a better quality. Usually, it just cuts and sews up nicer.

Favorite book, or movie, or television show? That’s like picking a favorite child. Not a fair question. If you could give me genres or something… The Dark is Rising Sequence is a great series of books…. I’m really loving Legion right now for TV. Movie…hmmm… I love the Captain America movies. Especially Winter Soldier. Avengers was good. The Lord of the Rings movies were great. Labyrinth. Man. Could I be more of a geek? I haven’t seen a non-nerd movie or animated movie in forever. I didn’t go into anime series, to spare your readers… Would you consider that tv?

If people want to pray for you, they could pray for….? To find a job I love. Good health.

Are you married or have you been? Any kids or pets? Seventeen years, two fur children currently.

One thing many people don’t know you can do? Sing opera.

I didn’t know that. If you had any spare time, what would you do with it? Travel, go outside, read, play video games, volunteer more.

Tell us some interesting things about yourself that aren’t already covered. I’m a terrible writer unless it’s fanfiction (lame). I love to sing and dance. I am allergic to dust. I’ve never broken a bone. I took piano lessons for 12 years and can barely read music.

Great, Brett, and thanks.  We appreciate you taking the time to let us get to know you a little.