Yesterday's trip to FIDM and the garmet district was great. I just spoke to the Vice "I was press-ganged and forced to wear a silly hat" Chancellor and she her own book of photos from the exhibit. The Emperor has great video and wonderfully close shots of many, many costumes. I wish to thank Cruzer' Fett for his allowing four of us to ride along with him in a comfy car. His son was a real trooper for putting up with our searching for fabric also. The costumes were great but why is Vader always in the dark. It makes it difficult to see detail. There were a couple of mistakes with the costumes as Old Ben was not wearing his belt but we late saw it on Shaak Ti so maybe he was wearing hers. I won't go into the meaning behind that mix up. Colors of course are different then what we thought so some of you need to prepare to change from black to brown. And my wonderful Son seems to like to wear a lot of caplets. Must be a Naboo thing. The perfect fabric was found for Vaders cape and after some rough measurements we bought what should be enough for the outer cape and inner cape. Josh will be paying this off for a few months. And as a side note, he had to promise me not to cut, trim, or do anything else to his hair without talking to me first or I woldn't let him see or touch the swatch from Vaders cape. Other fabrics were found that will be used for other costumes including she of the silly hat. (Excuse my typing errors as Exeter is lying across one armm leaving me only one to tpye with right now.) And...the Crazy Old Wizard surprised me with THE BOOK. Just because he felt I needed it now instead of waiting until I could either afford it or it was on sale which I would still have to wait until I could afford. The swatchs and extras are incredible and I will allow others to look. The other positive part was talking to one of the women in charge of the show and getting her email address so I can send her some questions I had about some costumes that were not on display. She said she would contact the people that would know and get back to me. It was a grand trip and I thank everyone for going. Those that were unable to make this trip were missed and I really wish you could have been with us but next time.