Salt Lake City costume designer Steph Peterson makes monsters, and she’s getting famous doing it.
Peterson dressed her entire family — husband, kids, even the family dog — as characters from the David Bowie cult classic "Labyrinth" for Halloween this year. But unlike most parents, who maybe pick up costumes at the store or rummage through the closet for hand-me-downs, Peterson went all out; a seamstress and costume designer by training, Peterson’s creations were elaborate, striking and, most importantly, accurate.
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For added background, I contacted Peterson and did a little email Q&A — which is included below. She was also kind enough to send us some photos of past and present costumes, which are featured in the gallery to the left.
Salt Lake Tribune: What exactly do you do and how long you’ve done it?
Peterson: I’m a seamstress and costume designer. I’ve been doing it for seven years.
Tribune: What drew you to do costumes?
Peterson: I’ve always loved Halloween and started really doing it when I created a Corpse Bride dress seven years ago. I decided to sell one on Ebay and the next year, I made 35 different dresses. They sold all over the world and even to a couple of ballet companies, so I just kept going. I’ve made wedding dresses for people all over.
Tribune: What’s the most rewarding thing doing this?
Peterson: It’s always an honor when I’m making a wedding dress for someone because that’s one of the most important pieces of clothing a person can wear. Halloween is always a bit crazy around my house, but making my family into rockstars a few days every year is the most fun thing I could do.
Tribune: I noticed something of a Tim Burton theme in some of the pictures. So, where do you get your ideas?
Peterson: Tim Burton is definitely a favorite. I like doing costumes that haven’t been done before, so I try to come up with ideas all year. I like making the kids into the main characters. It’s more fun and unique that way.
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