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Being There – Sketches

Okay, so I am apologizing for not posting a review yet – it has been a crazy week, and an even crazier weekend.  Look for something special this coming weekend, though – another tag-team effort with Maggie from The Costumer’s Guide!!  In the meantime, I will tell you that I was shocked to find these sketches from Being There in the lobby of our very own Costume Designers Guild, IATSE Local 892!

We had a general meeting tonight, and as I was leaving, I entered the lobby, and just froze in my tracks!!!  Who knew?!?!

I had the pleasure of meeting Being There‘s costume designer May Routh last weekend at the USITT show.  It was nice to shake hands; she was lovely.

And, look at these fabulous sketches!!!  Beautiful!!  So, chalk it up to serendipity that I came face to face with these this evening.  The pictures are from my phone, not high quality.  I will have to go back there in the daytime to get better pictures for you… but I just thought I had to share.  They are gorgeous!!

— KMB

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