Breaking Down a Costume...
By patrickjack84, Jan 9 2013 12:58PM
So for a recent Film I was working on, some of the costumes needed to be "Broken Down". By this I mean made to look worn/lived in, in this case to quite an extreme length.
The character had been through some form of mental breakdown and was living in a flat on her own.. where she had lost of sense of reality and self control.
Not washing, changing clothes, cleaning herself and basically living in her own excrement.
So to create this look I used a mixed medium of techniques.
There are some great products out there that you can buy...
like Dirty Down spray, which comes in a variety of colours and tones. Also waxes and rubs which are good for creating natural looking stains like sweat and dirt.
I peronsally like to use a mix of these products which more house hold items.
coffee- to rub on and to dtte entire garments.
spray paints are good when used carefully.
fabric dyes are great for making new items look old- running several items through a machine wash with a grey dye works wonders.
I just wanted to Share these tricks of the trade encase you ever need to "Break Down" a costume! Good Luck!