The Costume Boys

I just watched Ricky Martin douse himself with water, and it was for a good cause! And that cause would be, being well-informed on the brand spankin’, newly confirmed, costume designing team of Kurt & Bart heading the costume department for Mockingjay: Part 1, and probably because of the logistics of the simultaneous film shoots of both films, Mockingjay: Part 2 as well! Gather ’round everyone, ’cause it’s time to relish in the amazing that is Kurt & Bart, AKA Bart Mueller and Kurt Swanson!

So, I said I watched Ricky Martin douse himself with water, but I forgot to add that I then I also watched him shake his bon-bon, but where did I watch this?! Why it was in the now considered classic music video for “She Bangs”, ’cause– hi there, Kurt & Bart were the costume stylists for that particular gem of the late 1990s! Let’s just hope they weren’t the ones responsible for Martin embracing the frosted tips he sported in said music video, (probably not). All right, speaking of the late ’90s, it’s time to break the news to everyone, Kurt & Bart  were slaves 4 Britney (Brit-Brit) Spears at the tail end, and into the early 2000s. That’s right y’all, they were the stylists responsible for Spears gyrating, swishing, and waving her arms about in all those midriff baring, barely there tops, as well as skin-tight, and I mean tight, bottoms in a handful or more of her music videos. Basically they shaped the girl’s (not yet a woman’s) career trajectory by lacing her up in many, many of the get-ups that we now consider synonymous with her image. In fact those costumes are probably some of the pictographs that run through our minds when we think of her. So, thank you Kurt & Bart, you helped fuel many a masturbatory fantasy for countless people. Couldn’t be helped, really.

Kurt & Bart are no slouches where it comes to styling and designing, I hope that that’s clear, because you have to give a hand to them for all the image branding styling they did for Spears. Because despite the trepidation I personally have towards the sexual objectification of a teenage girl to the point of distraction for almost 3/4 of the world, the clothes they clad their client in were gritty, and interesting, and they did they’re job damn well. Let’s move on from Brit-Brit though, because that was only one of their clients, and they also had a hand in more than one music video mavens career, or perhaps maven is the wrong word. If you go to their website you can watch a compilation video that includes clips of all the music videos they styled, and along with Spears they styled for such majorly popular songs as Dave Matthews band “Crash Into Me”.

You remember Dave Matthews Band, right? They were the precursors to The Lumineers, and Mumford and Sons, also the answer and/or the alternative to Phish, or Grateful Dead cover bands. And “Crash Into Me” was pretty much the best song to do naughty things to in the mid-late ’90s. Or, just do your homework to, y’know… whatever floats your duck. The costumes in it are great though, including Boyd Tinsley sporting a skirt (perhaps a kilt), made out of violin pieces, ’cause der he’s the band’s violinist, as well as pretty girls running around a meadow in 18th century frocks. Anyway, I dare you to watch the music video video on their site and not think, “yeah, they’re kind of perfect.” I mean, if Trish Summerville is no longer available, they’re kind of the best alternative to her as far as I can tell. Actually, I encourage everyone to educate your selves and peruse all the images and moving images available on their site, including their commercial reel– you’ll grow to appreciate them more and more, and more.

To quote a good friend of mine, “the Capitol will be on a whole other level, and Katniss’ propo battle outfits will be badass!” They sure will my friend, they sure will.

Them There Eyes



  1. Actually, by the time they got to Britney she wasn’t a teenager anymore. Or at least, not a minor anymore. And frosted tips, that was just a sign of the times. 😉

  2. I don’t know enough about them to have an opinion, but I feel pretty bummed to lose Trish Summerville. She did an AMAZING job. I have a big imagination, but hard to imagine the costumes being any better than CF’s.

  3. Isn’t it a bit late in the game for a switch? I don’t keep close tabs on this but I thought Mockingjay was well into the filming process and that both parts were being filmed more or less simultaneously. Any thoughts Themtheireyes?

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