We interrupt the usual movie costume shenanigans to talk about something pretty serious. Last week, we were stunned to hear that Jen Thompson’s husband Mike had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Jen and her website, FestiveAttyre.com, have been a fixture in the online costuming community for over 15 years and she originated many of the techniques we now take for granted, such as how to get ladder lacing to lie straight, how to use hemp cording for supportive bodices, and “The Zen of Spiral Lacing”, to name just a few things. Her research on bustle and natural form era gowns included scanning hundreds of pages from her personal fashion plate collection to be freely downloaded by anyone.
We could go on, but to put it simply, Jen has given so much to us over the years without asking for anything in return that when word spread about Mike, the first thing everyone wanted to know was how could we help?
To that end, a college fund has been established for Jen and Mike’s young son, E., and any little amount helps. As Jen put it, “Even $5 will buy our boy a burger off campus someday, which I’m sure he would appreciate.”
“I created a Paypal account just for this purpose, and all the donations will go into a tragedy trust over the next few months, and then that will be rolled into an investment account so it stays safe until E. goes to college.”