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“I worked in Europe as a costume designer assistant and later as costume designer for operas, theatrical plays, films, television productions, commercials and music videos,” he said. “I lived in Florence, Italy, before moving to Texas in 2009.” He got another college degree, in humanities with a minor in German, at Stetson University in Florida.
“In 2014, I was able to focus again on my artistic career as costume designer for two Mad Cow Theatre productions in Orlando, Fla.,” he said. “The same year, I moved to Minneapolis, where I have been costume designer for several productions of the Classical Actors Ensemble, St. Mary’s University in Winona, CLIMB Theatre in Minneapolis, and recently I became resident costume designer at the Rochester Civic Theatre for the 2016 2017 season.”
Late in my life I discovered, with great surprise, that one my grandfathers was a famous tailor. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to get to know him, as he passed away before I was born. Sometimes, I think his talent has been transferred to me through the genes.
Has your style changed with your stages in life?
It has changed according to the use of new and different materials and fabrics, though it has remained somehow faithful to clear, straight lines without frills.
Would you tell us a little about your various wardrobes?
When working, usually I try to wear “functional” clothes. I mean a sweater or hoodie with pockets as well as a pair of cargo trousers, which have lots of pockets. They are truly helpful if running around for costume fittings and/or rehearsals.
For casual or important events, I prefer a proper and yet comfortable look, which reflects my personality. I prefer to look elegant without appearing stiff.
Is putting together your style similar to costuming?
Costuming requires knowledge not only of a specific period, but also of the social class of that character and its peculiar personality. Thankfully, in the real world and daily life we are not bound to those rules.
What are the most essential components in your wardrobe?
Those closest to my skin socks and undergarments. not flashy or flaunty; over the calf dress socks and possibly handmade black dress shoes.
Would you tell us a little about your accessorizing?
Black and dark brown dress shoes are my favorites. They add a perfect line to the shape of a leg when blending with the hem of the trousers. Regarding neckties, regimental or solid colors are preferable. Watches should never be too big or too visible, like any accessory.
Do you have a priceless sentimental piece?
My father’s wristwatch, a gold Longines from the early ’40s. It still has working hand wound movement. I wear it only on special occasions.
Anything in your wardrobe people would find surprising?
A black cape with a short caplet on top, bought in Venice many years ago. It was made following the original pattern of those from the 1700s. In the 18th century, Venetian nobles used to wear it with a black tricorn and add a white mask the so called “Bauta” to avoid being recognized when walking in the streets.
Do not follow fashion, but elegance, and always wear an accessory unique to you. To say it with Coco Chanel’s words: “It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.”.