POULTNEY-Poultney has its very own costume designer, Gina D'Angelo; the talented designer joined the community last January. She operates her business, the Uncanny Adventures in Comic Costume Creations, out of her Church Street home, as well as works part time with Lorraine Brown at Fabian's in Fair Haven.
D'Angelo had been inspired by the lure of costumes since childhood.
"I was obsessed. I created costumes for dramatic plays and even Halloween," she said.
In 2001 D'Angelo began selling her creations at craft and flea markets, as well as via word of mouth. Currently, she does commission work through her web site www.anigswes.com.
"It's technically a blog to put in your requests," she said. "On the blog, I demonstrate how I create a variety of things through the use of videos."
Although D'Angelo gets many requests for comic-related characters-such as Batman's arch rival Catwoman among others-she also does other types of designing.
One of her customers and advocates includes Gary Meitrott, the director of Shakespeare on Main Street.
"Gina is designing some fascinating costumes for our all women's production of 'The Tempest', said Meitrott. "She is a very colorful person designing costumes of all sorts for people around the country and has made amazing outfits for us, including the 'Christmas Carol.'"
Recently, D'Angelo made over 20 pillbox hats for a high school chorale show in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Uncanny Adventures gets a lot of requests for costume hoodies, too, so that people can wear their favorite superhero, but don't have to be in full costume. Most of her side work is for superhero characters and conventions around the country.
D'Angelo and her husband attend several key costume conventions during the year. They have attended the New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, a big industry show which includes theatrical films, television productions, video games, and related pop culture merchandise.
"Last year I got to go to the San Diego Comic Con, which is one of the largest in this country," said D'Angelo. "I even got to participate in the big masquerade contest dressed up as Queen Etherea from the 'Venture Brothers'".
"Designing this was quite tricky since the character wears a super-revealing public decency defying costume," she said. "My illusion worked with a nude swimwear lining, white knit chiffon, and white plastic strategically placed strips."
D'Angelo graduated with a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising and design from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She also attended one year at Dutchess County Community College.
"Marist is a high-ranking college with an exclusive and extensive (fashion) program, where one can do internships with famous designers. I got to do mine with Donna Karan," she said.
Check it Out: Have a secret costume you always wanted to wear? Contact D'Angelo at 802-884-8067 or write to her blog. E-mail queires may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.