DRESSING UP THE STARS!
Behind the scenes of Sons and Daughters
Abigail's glamor wardrobe is costing Sons and Daughters
thousands of dollars a week. Her clothes for an average week
are worth a staggering $3,000, and place a substantial drain
on the budget.
The cost of the high-fashion look is slightly lessened by top
Sydney designer Christopher Essex, who loans many of his exclusive
creations to the show.
As wardrobe mistress, Robey Buckley is privy to the stars'
top-secret vital statistics.
She has to take into consideration their sudden weight gains
(or what she more euphemistically calls "figure problems")
on buying trips, but says Abigail and Belinda Giblin are remarkably
easy to dress.
"They are both size eight and almost anything suits them,
although I try to stay away from strong reds which would overpower
their fair coloring, and greys because they make them look sick."
Robey emphasises that most of the Sons and Daughters
cast are not meant to look glamorous and aren't expensive to
Danny Roberts (Andy Green) for instance likes young-look leather
jackets and ripped T-shirts, while Tom Richards (David Palmer)
has a wardrobe filled with flannelette work shirts.
Robey and her two assistants, Madeline Cullen and Julie Taylor,
average 12 hours a day on the job and rush the cast in and out
of a minimum of 100 outfits a week.
They spend Thursdays and Fridays (rehearsal days) washing and
ironing and Robey's entire Saturday is devoted to shopping for
Robey works closely with make-up artists and hairdressers to
give the cast a well-groomed look.
Matching make-up in scenes shot weeks apart is the most difficult
part of the job, according to make-up artist Trish Rowlands.
She keeps notes on every character's make-up but things still
go wrong because the show is shot in Sydney and Melbourne using
different make-up artists in each city.
One job went drastically wrong recently when a fake scar on
Leigh Palmer's (Lisa Crittenden) cheek kept changing in size
because of lack of communication between make-up artists.
Gayle Edmunds has been Sons and Daughters hairdresser
since the show started but was doing Abigail and Pat McDonald's
hair as far back as Number 96.
She says Abigail is the only one who is allowed to look as
though she's just walked out of a hairdresser's - everyone else
must stick to simple styles.
"Abigail has to look glamorous so I usually put her hair
in hot rollers, blow-dry it, tease it at the base and sometimes
put on a little hairspray."
Gayle, Trish and Robey are all happy to remain behind the scenes
because although they don't get fan mail, they know they're
important to the show's success.
"The actors come in here for half an hour for a chat and
a coffee," Gayle said. "It's the only time they can
relax and we build up a great rapport with them."
"Our job is to make them happy. They've got to feel comfortable
with the way they look because if they're not they can't do
their best on set."
By: Helen Vines