Costume Designer at Badger

Clothing 2 Learn about Replica Costumes
Posted on 01/25/2019
Clothing 2 Learn about Replica Costumes

Michael Jackson impersonator Peggy Wolf paid a thriller visit to Badger High School Clothing 2 students recently to talk about the replica costumes she has made. A self-taught seamstress, Wolf had an early sewing class but quickly learned that it is not a one-size-fits-all world in fashion, so she started modifying patterns to fit herself. From there she started embellishing her wardrobe to reflect her personality. “Try to be yourself,” she told the class. “Don’t be shy to wear things nobody else does. Be yourself, find your own style and stand for it.”

Wolf became a follower of Michael Jackson and then decided to become an impersonator. She travels to shows and Michael Jackson fests around the world. At an event in Gary, Indiana, she met Rhonda Ganansky from Lake Geneva, mother of former Badger students. The two developed a friendship over their love of the performer. With Peggy visiting Lake Geneva, Rhonda decided to contact Deanna Giovingo, clothing and fashion instructor at Badger, to bring Peggy and her intricate Michael Jackson costumes to meet with the students in the Clothing 2 class.

Wolf’s costume re-creations are made by studying photos, many from a book, “The Kind of Fashion,” by Michael Bush, Jackson’s personal designer. She conducts extensive searches on the internet to match buttons and embellishments and has found many items through military suppliers around the world. When she cannot find a fabric or detail, she creates it, one time by weaving reinforced gold and white ribbon to perfectly matcha fabric for the face of a red jacket.

She hand sews beads and sequins, spending up to 2 ½ years to finish a piece. Her collection includes the famous glove, and jackets worn on award shows, and the like, including one covered in hand sewn pearls and one in red sequins, and many, many more.

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