It's always a super feeling of relief when you get to see the last amazing episode of the T.V. show you work on finally hit the screen. All those long hours trying to make things last minute, getting the right sizes, getting everyone dressed for camera...then being able to watch every departments hard work come together. This last season was full of parties, trips, and amazing locations. One of the best moments this season was being down on the coastline near Palos Verdes, watching the sun hit the stunning scenery, colorful chiffons floating in the wind, and a real live elephant walking by.
The last days of shooting are always bittersweet, most of us on the crew are exhausted and yet ecstatic to see all of this drama enfold. This particular day was beyond surreal. Gillian Zinser looked absolutely stunning. She was a real trooper wearing this elaborate (and heavy!) beaded Indian outfit.
The day before shooting was not void of drama either... my awesome crew stayed in the office gathering all of the background clothes, loading the truck, finishing alterations and creating two dresses for Naomi Clark. We had fallen in love with a vintage DIOR Indian inspired cocktail dress, but were unable to use it because we needed two dresses for the actress. With the help of my genius seamstress Seda, we took some gorgeous Indian silk fabric and made a "Naomi" like modern design. Watching her dance around the beach in that dress was worth all the long hours!
Here's the original DIOR one we had fallen in love with...
Manish (Raj) and director Mrs. Sinclair party down on the last days of shooting!
Michael Steger got some babysitting practice on set the last day. He was a real natural with the director's daughter.
I always get a little choked up on the last days of shooting. You work so many hours on set with these people (crew & actors) that they become your close knit family. As the scenes start to roll, and eventually wrap...and each individual actor completes their season, the director and crew will announce- "Ladies and gentleman...that is a wrap for _Mr/Miss________ for season 3 90210" And perhaps it's my lack of sleep at that point which makes me so nostalgic as they shoot their final scene and everyone claps for each actor as they set off for hiatus. It has been a really magical season, and I can't wait to watch the final episode tonight!