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devil in the detail
the concealed character
[contents] rolling in the mud with zombies
black is always the new black
The Concealed Character
Photography of Miss Felicia by Ellie Gomery
| By Ellie Louise Gomery |
nfused in expensive perfume, an exquisite role to execute, the creatively contoured face gave away little sign of anxiety. Glitz and glamour was the only pathway to unleashing the next timeless segment of individual style. Ellie Gomery reports on the drag artiste proforma on broken taboos of sexuality and stereotypical offensive language. It shows an alternative angle to a niche of the fashion industry, whilst shaping the reader’s perception of the drag industry in terms of entertainment and fashion. It was always an intriguing itch to indulge in the drag industry and base this feature and cover on. It allows indulgence, giving an alternative insight into this life. The research showcases a journey that takes you to places that many believe they know already. Miss Felicia isn’t your everyday Danny La Rue or Lily Savage drag artiste, she brings her own style and creative flair to the shows, choreographing all the dances, styling show outfits and liaising with the DJ to decide on appropriate songs to fit her show style. Withholding dual qualities and characteristics, she indulges in both drag artiste and the female impersonator professions, showing diversity, determination and versatility. Within her distinct mindset, she intensely plans the costume down to every intricate detail. Envisioning her aesthetically pleasing visualisation, she sources it on places such as eBay. However, her newly acclaimed sponsor – Bristol Clothing Company (www.chainstorelingerie.co.uk) - enfabricates her in designer, often custom made pieces. Many pieces have differed from an Australian designed, Lady Gaga inspired jacket retailing at £800, to a studded bra and a wartime outfit. In return, the sponsorship is to be promoted within shows, on promotional campaigns and instantly viral.
Aspiring to a few Cardiff based drag queens in terms of act as opposed to their amateur look; Miss Felicia is more Australian/American drag aiming for femininity whilst retaining the drag entity, whereas the Bristol and Cardiff queens are very much the old style feather boas, not very much make up. With a love of Mac but due to its expense, cheaper make up being used for the pure sheer amount that is needed to create the desired face. In this case the quality isn’t key, it is the application that determines how successful your look can be. A mixture of thick panstick and foundation is used to cover up hair and skin follicles whilst the eyebrows are stuck down. This is to allow them to be drawn on at a later stage to allow a more feminine look. With a private school dancing background stretching six years, the aesthetic of forming a show came naturally; the next stage was to develop it into its own unique style. Choreographing, planning and styling the show as Miss Felicia, is what makes her unique to other drag queens; it allows her style to filter through as opposed to the more taught style. Priscilla Queen of the Desert was the driving force behind the creation of Miss Felicia’s name, as well as providing undivided inspiration to this growing concept. The big shows take two months of preparation, hosting three times a year and each one numerously toured in different locations. Travelling into her third professional year, Miss Felicia is still evolving as a person as well as a brand, with each year growing stronger, thus bringing new opportunities. Miss Felicia inspires co-workers often learning from each other in terms of their strengths. Located in her home town of
the Forest of Dean, (this is her turf), she has widened her horizons to places such as Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, London, Bristol, Newport and Cardiff, recently becoming immersed in next year’s Bristol Gay Pride Walk. This will involve promoting herself by portraying her look and act in front of approximately 10,000 people.
Using charity as a driving tool, Miss Felicia’s shows entice people and have built up her credibility as well as audience numbers. It is always a charity that is close to her heart such as, The Children’s Opportunity Centre Coleford, Parkinson’s or Cancer Research. Using the idea of charity entices people to feel they have something else to buy into as well as the Miss Felicia brand. Starting with fee gigs to build up clientele, Miss Felicia’s popularity grew and prices soon needed to be charged due to rising costs. For example, each time a £60 wig was used, it would be ruined. Geographical location is just as important as the differentiating crowds Miss Felicia attracts. They range from male to female, gay to straight, bi-sexual and transgender. Many of the audiences differ dependant upon their sexuality. For example, gay crowds don’t usually get comedy but thrive off banter. It is similar in terms of location as well; you could say some of the vilest swear words in certain cities and it would be deemed as hilarious. The water is often tested with small impulses of Miss Felicia’s style to measure how far the audience can be pushed. The audiences love banter because it gets them involved and engaged. In this profession you must engage your character and go out as her to promote yourself. With both keeping your act different from others and having constant determination to pick yourself up after many knockbacks, shows how intensely difficult this industry is to crack. Breaking boundaries and taboos, whilst raising significant awareness, Miss Felicia herself is a rising individual in the cusp.
Ashley Putland delivers the story in his words of his dual life as a drag artiste, both in a male and female form.
What preconceptions has anyone ever shared with you about what they think you do?
Does a female impersonator have the same role as a drag queen?
That is a really good question because you can break that into certain parts. Many people expect me to come out in all big feather boas etc. at my show, and some are left feeling disappointed. This is a stereotypical view they have of me, relating to the showgirl persona as mentioned before; looks such as Danny La Rue and Lily Savage. This isn’t me, which is what makes each individual drag queen different. Their style and persona is what makes it different, I try to look as feminine as possible, whilst still retaining a drag queen etiquette and aesthetic.
There are a few things that are different. You have a drag queen as an artist. These are the cuckoo clown style drag queens such as Lily Savage and Danny La Rue. Whereas a female impersonator is a female artist that creates their act around an idol, for example, Gaga or Beyoncé. This is almost like a tribute act where you are to look and sound like them. Do you feel your show is a taboo subject? – Considering your hometown geographical location?
Do you feel you live a double life?
That is a hard subject because, it is and Yes I talk about her as if it isn’t. If you think about a drag queen “It isn’t a niche market; it she is another person. She in the local small town social club used is just so hard because there is a part of me but I want in last Friday, go back five or ten years to keep her very separate. ago that may not have been so accept- are so many queens”. Sometimes I go out as able. However, because I have a bit of a her on a night out, not repertoire now and everyone knows what the Miss Felicia often. I got told off for being in the girls’ toilets once brand is, even though not necessarily knowing who I am, it because apparently I was a bloke. I complained that is more accepted. I think it comes across that you can have that was discrimination. I was dressed as a woman an audience, but the confidence is key. You must come and I wanted to be a woman that night. out showing you really don’t care and show that you are not frightened. It is all about confidence and touch wood; Follow Miss Felicia on her Facebook Page. I have never had anyone offend me during my shows. Alternatively, this is where it gets interesting, if I go out as myself, as a man with some make up on, I attract distracting, puzzled looks. This is where it is wrong. Is there a line to be drawn on this subject? Do you feel you break or push any boundaries with your show? Yes, I feel I do and also feel that I teach and inspire people at the same time. I show that although I may be a man dressed as a woman, I also teach them to be more accepting. It may be an entertainment show but it is also a person and they need to be respected. I hope to change their perception to some degree, therefore, altogether pushing and breaking boundaries She disregarded the chicken fillet during her show. Photo courtesy of Miss Felicia one step at a time.
“The devil is in the details” says Karen Millens’ Trimmings Product Developer, Melanie Hughes. Having worked for the brand for nearly 8 years and previously qualifying with a HND in Graphic Design; specialising in packaging design, it’s fair to say she has a fair bit of talent. - What is a Trimmings Product Developer? My job involves sourcing and developing everything for a garment except for the fabric - this could be lining, buttons, lace, zips and metalwork. - Having being originally from Wales do you see a contrast between Wales/London environments? I moved to London from South Wales in 1994 and even though I love Wales and its countryside I also love living in the city, I love the buzz and cultural mix of London. As I enjoy music I spent a lot of my time going to gigs and I also like going to exhibitions, especially at the V&A. - What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion? It was not my original plan to work in fashion as I trained to be a graphic designer. While trying to get a job as a designer I started working in retail for a home ware company. My original plan was to work in retail for a short period of time but as I couldn’t find work as a designer I decided to make a career in retail. I knew I wanted a job being creative and I soon progressed from working on the shop floor to doing the office admin and helping with the store window displays and accessorising the furniture department. Even though I was working in a shop I was still very keen to use my creative streak. After 4 years I wanted to move on to a new trade and I applied for a trimmings assistant role at The Windsmoor Group. This was my first job in fashion. I loved it and I’ve never looked back.
- What does your usual day at the Karen Millen office consist of? As a brand the devil is in the detail on our garments and as most of our lining and zips are dyed to match I’ll be sending fabric swatches to suppliers (I also have lots of colour approvals to show the designers but I have one to one meetings with the designers Mon and Fri). We will go through the story board style by style discussing which trims are required. It may be we are using existing trims or I may be asked to develop or source new trims for each designer. - How/where do you usually draw your inspiration for your work from? Mainly from my colleagues as I work with an amazing team of designers, pattern cutters, and garment technicians. The directors and staff are all very passionate about the brand and as we employ people with a wealth of experience its great to be able to tap in to their knowledge.
- What is “Fashion” to you?
It’s more than the clothes. Fashion is about being an individual, experimenting and having fun.
process) • Ensure trims pass quality control with tests such as action wash and dry clean • Compose cost cards and negotiate trim prices with suppliers • Confirm trims with designer, pattern cutter, and garment technician. • Hand over a pack per style/ colour with according info to the trims buyer. - What is your favourite part about conceptualising an idea/design? I enjoy working on new metalwork developments with the designers. They may give me a sketch or magazine cuttings for inspiration (it comes in handy that I did graphic design!). I like the fact I have to work with different departments to ensure the trim are fit for purpose and are factory friendly. - How do you handle stress? I ensure I take a break from my desk and depending on my work load I try to go for a walk during my lunch. I’ve also learnt over the years not to take things personally and accept that some circumstances are beyond your control. - What 5 things can you not live without and why?
- Could you describe your design process step-by-step?
My PC, button measurer, tape measure, diary and a sense of humour!
- What one piece of advice would you give to someone aspiring to get into the fashion industry?
Check the designers sketches for any trim details and sort requirements • Source trims or develop new ones with sketches and prototypes from new/existing suppliers • Check with pattern cutter, garment technician, and garment factory for suitability of production (e.g. Factory friendly, manufacturing
Aim to get as much work experience within the industry as possible and when there, a positive, flexible attitude is essential. By Necole Ball Images courtesy of Karen Millen
Black Is Always The New Black Every season we are told what the new black is, but for me black is always the new black. Instead of replacing my wardrobe every three months I just combine more black into it. Over time it has started to have greys and navy blues added to it, but it always maintains a dark palette. But why is this? While it does give the appearance of a slimmer figure, which is a bonus, it is not the main reason for why I wear it. To me, black represent a raw form of fashion, being so simple but so elegant at the same time. Karl Lagerfeld, designer at Chanel, is constantly wearing black as colour confuses him and makes it harder for him to concentrate. “I always liked navy blue, but black is even more basic. Because when you wear black you think about nothing. With navy blue you think you are still wearing a colour, you know?” [British Vogue]. “When you work in fashion, and you have to work with all the colours, you can’t be there in green, pink or something very fancy, because, in the end, you have the feeling that you are just a sample yourself.” Lagerfeld swears that wearing the colour black makes him ignore himself, leaving his mind free to concentrate on work Imagine that you go into work tomorrow and see one of your colleagues dressed in bright colours.
Do you really think that throughout the day, they will be focusing hard on their work or on what they are wearing? Wearing too many bright colours also makes you stand out which is not always a good thing, especially if you have to get something done and constantly have your mind buzzing about your outfit. When you wear black, you are able to blend in and get more done with a focused mindset. Having said that, it wouldn’t be right to paint the town red without a splash of colour in my wardrobe. On a night out I still stick to grey and navy as a base but like to add in items of colour to stand out and make a change from my usual attire. In summer its a completely different story - with my day-to-day outfits consisting of white, and light coloured shirts, but occasionally with black jeans just to offer a contrast. Just like many others, black is pretty much a staple in my year round wardrobe. While other colours come and go depending on the season, black is the only constant. Constantly in style. Constantly timeless.
- Text & images by Lewis Albon
Who are you?
Are you in touch with all your wildest fantasies?
Have you created a life for yourself where you can experience them?
I am fucking crazy
But I am free.
- Lana Del Rey
Everyday you wake up searching through your wardrobe for an outfit. Will you wear those levi denim jeans which you love, or perhaps your picking up that boyfriend blazer you bought last week. Looking in the mirror you consider different accessories like your headscarf to add that something extra, or maybe you’re just wondering if that oversized jumper you have will go with those leggings. Passing the mirror on your way out, taking a look at the clothes your wearing, are they a result of your own individual style? Have you personally made this look completely from scratch.
The truth is, probably not. We are all influenced everyday by designers showcasing new styles on catwalks or that issue of Vogue that told you the do’s and don’ts of this season, or even store windows displaying their own desired pieces which they believe you should own. Its inevitable that these factors help define your clothes, then though I believe you could ask where does their influence emerge from? This inspiration comes from one of the, if not the most influential and interconnected industries with fashion; Film. Hollywood stars have become icons in seconds, due to fashion forward styling. Most of the items in your wardrobe have been impacted without you even knowing. These cinematic moments that reoccur almost every year range from films which were created potentially before your time to films you will no doubt recognise and possibly own. Beginning in the early 20th century, James Dean the male fashion icon was born, he inspired teenage culture clothing around the world and still
manages to inspire designers, photographers and stylists today. Without a doubt your wardrobe will consist of some variation of this style as its main influence was that of denim. His Levi 501’s in ‘A Rebel Without Cause’ changed the face of denim and instead of being associated with farmers and cowboys, became the key item that maintain in every wardrobe across the globe. Even today, designers like Michael Bastian, that create the future ideas of your clothing take tips from this mans style, “I had this idea: What if James Dean came back and picked up where he left off? How would he dress?” It wasn’t just menswear that altered from these cinematic celebrities, as the gender borders within clothing became very blurred when ‘Annie Hall’ hit our screens in 1977. Any fashion follower could name you hundreds of designers that have experimented with Diane Keaton’s style and theres no doubt you yourself have come across this look in many high street stores. Dsquared2 have obviously taken inspiration from Annie Hall, decades later in the SS11 collection as they try and showcase a twist on vintage menswear, with slacks, loose fitting jackets and vest paired with neck ties and fedora hats. Its not just her ‘thrown together’ look
which made her look so chic, but also the way she layered her clothing, which makes her a staple part of every woman’s wardrobe.
Though its not just your wardrobe though that suddenly seems to be the new blockbusters of iconic fashion. There are so many diverse films to each take their own approach at styling and costume design that my own flatmate for instance dresses herself in headscarves and oversized jumpers, channeling Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan in the mid 80’s. When pointed out to her she did not even realise that her style potentially originated in this very film, as many other designers and stylists often relate their own ideas to the studded shoes and mesh tops that can be seen throughout the film. The downtown New York City punk and dance cultured style which is created from this film has proven its stand against time and endless fashion credibility.
I had this idea: What if James Dean came back and picked up where he left off? How would he dress? So if you go back today and open you wardrobe doors, take a real look. The cinematic presence in your wardrobe will be indisputable. Nautical french looks originating from Breathless, with Jean Seberg in her navy stripey tops and chinos and little pixie hair cuts, to Khaki safari styled looks dating back to Meryl Streep’s outfits in Out of Africa. These clothes may have been chosen by you, and you may even wear them in your own individual style but when push comes to shove the reason for those bohemian lace tops placed in your drawers are just as much to do with Penny Lane in Almost Famous as they are you. I challenge you, which cinematic icon are you channeling today?
Rolling in thein the Rolling Mud Mud with with Zombies Zombies Film: a sense of escapism to an exciting life, which exists in new Film: a sense of escapism to an exciting life, which exists in new exhilarating realms. Isn’t this the reason people watch films, to be exhilarating realms. Isn’t this the reason people watch films, to be entertained? To be a part of such a first class, glamorous industry? entertained? To be a part of such a first class, glamorous industry? Now I have a first-hand experience of what it is like to be part of a Now I have a first-hand experience of what it is like to be part of a film set and now I realise that all the glamour is saved for the screen. film set and now I realise that all the glamour is saved for the screen.
Fully aware of how busyFully my days were goingbusy to be aware of how myshadowing days were going to be shadowing a costume designer, my mind was already prepared thealready prepared for the a costume designer, my mindfor was early starts. 5:30am andearly I am starts. making5:30am my wayand to the middle of my way to the middle of I am making the Welsh mountains excited and curious to what awaits my the Welsh mountains excited and curious to what awaits my arrival, having never been on a film set never before.been It ison 7:00am arrival, having a film set before. It is 7:00am when I arrive, and I am when greeted by a shower of rain and by anaicy I arrive, and I am greeted shower of rain and an icy breeze. Unloading gallons of fake blood from the 4x4 warned breeze. Unloading gallons of fake blood from the 4x4 warned me that this was going tome bethat a messy few going days and mya hands this was to be messy few days and my hands were most definitely going to be getting dirty.going to be getting dirty. were most definitely
Day 3 Twenty minutes on and I’m still yanking the laced, suede boots Day 3 Twenty minutes on and I’m still yanking the laced, suede boots that were clinging onto the sopping wet sock of a sodden actor. that were clinging onto the sopping wet sock of a sodden actor. Its 5:00am and I am awake and getting ready to greet the actors Finally free, searching for radiator space became the new 5:00am and I am awake and getting ready to greet the actors Finally free, searching for radiator space became the neware arriving earlyIts who to dress and start filming at daybreak. By mission. The house was full due to roads being flooded, and some who are arriving early to dress and start filming at daybreak. By mission. The house was full due to roads being flooded, and some 9:00am I am already feeling like I have done half a day’s work. cast and crew unable to get home because of the Welsh weather. 9:00am I am already feeling like I have done half a day’s work. cast and crew unable to get home because of the Welsh weather. After dressing the actors one final time the day consisted of packing After dressing the actors one final time the day consisted of packing vacuum bags to try and save as much space as possible. How we got That night consisted of multiple buckets of warm soapy water to vacuum bags to try and save as much space as possible. How we got That night consisted of multiple buckets of warm soapy water tointo Kim’s 4x4 everything was a miracle. wash the mud infested clothes that were needed the following everything into Kim’s 4x4 was a miracle. wash the mud infested clothes that were needed the following morning. Stood outside in the rain with one small bucket and morning. Stood outside in the rain with one small bucket andthe set, I recollected on the past few days and how it wasn’t Leaving having to keep waving about like a moron to provoke the outside Leaving the set, I recollected on the past few days and how it wasn’t having to keep waving about like a moron to provokeanything the outside I expected. Being told by many members of the cast that light was an experience I will never forget. hours later it had anything I expected. Being told by many members of the cast that light was an experience I will never forget. hours later it had “It’s not always this bad” has me thinking that it is just my luck that reached 2:00am and we were finally loading the last pile of wet “It’s not always this bad” has me thinking that it is just my luck that reached 2:00am and we were finally loading the lastI pile of wet turned up to the last days of filming where we endured torrential clothes into the tumble dryer. After washing out the murky grey I turned up to the last days of filming where we endured torrential clothes into the tumble dryer. After washing out the murky grey rain, thunder storms, floods, icy cold conditions, and mounds and colour my hair had now taken from the paint, I collapsed into bed rain, thunder storms, floods, icy cold conditions, and mounds and colour my hair had now taken from the paint, I collapsed into bed mounds of mud ready to be awoken at 6:00am. mounds of mud ready to be awoken at 6:00am. It was definitely an experience, I met ananamazing group of people, Day 2 It was definitely experience, I met an amazing group of people, Day 2 but it has shown me that there is not one ounce of glamour behind Awake at 6:00am and still no call sheet in sight meant another but it has shown me that there is not one ounce of glamour behind Awake at 6:00am and still no call sheet in sight meant another the scenes on a film set.the Asscenes Kim told “You to really love hours sleep could be squeezed in, I could celebrated by falling on ame film set.have As Kim told me “You have to really love hours sleep be squeezed in, back I celebrated by falling back this job to get out of bed injob the to morning.” asleep as soon as my eyes closed. this get out of bed in the morning.” asleep as soon as my eyes closed. It’s 8:00am and we areIt’s awoken by a lone actor barging into 8:00am and we are awoken by a lone actor barging into I worked hard and stillIhave the hard dirt under myhave nailsthe to prove it. I my nails to prove it. I wardrobe waiting to bewardrobe dressed, with no time get ready I threw worked and still dirt under waiting to betodressed, with no time to get ready I threw will definitely be having nightmares about mud for weeks. on the first clothes I seeon and to help IKim actor will definitely be having nightmares about mud for weeks. thebegin first clothes see tie andthe begin to into help Kim tie the actor into his leather tunic. his leather tunic. Thank goodness the zombie costumes were dirtied,were I previously dirtied, I Thank goodness the previously zombie costumes managed to save my hair from being re-coloured. When all cast managed to save my hair from being re-coloured. When all cast were dressed and out ofwere the house there quickly whip dressed andwas out time of thetohouse there was time to quickly whip up some breakfast in preparation for the busy day ahead. up some breakfast in preparation for the busy day ahead. After filling up numerous hotfilling waterup bottles, I washot on water set andbottles, very I was on set and very After numerous excited. Dressed in waterproofs and wellies, to my knowledge I excited. Dressed in waterproofs and wellies, to my knowledge I was prepared for what was was prepared ahead. for what was ahead. Being on set was not too different towas whatnot I imagined, I knew it I imagined, I knew it Being on set too different to what was going to be cold, but did not expect that I would be the only was going to be cold, but did not expect that I would be the only one with a stagnant hotone water bottle shovedhot down my bottle coat all day. down my coat all day. with a stagnant water shoved Unprepared for just how cold it was,for with of socks Unprepared justonly howone coldpair it was, with Ionly one pair of socks I lost the feeling in my feet shooting thesoon first scene. lostsoon the after feeling in my feet after shooting the first scene. Fortunately for me theyFortunately were shooting so Izombie fight scenes so I for zombie me theyfight werescenes shooting was kept entertained. was kept entertained.
“Do you want“Do blood you want blood or dirty down?” or dirty down?”
Entering my new home for the next of days, the next rooms Entering mycouple new home for the couple of days, the rooms were adorned with medieval clothing and weapons, I was were adorned with medieval clothing and weapons, I was instantly captivated. Theinstantly actors were decked The out with plenty captivated. actors wereofdecked out with plenty of leather and suede, whichleather began and to ring bells in my head when suede, which began to ringI bells in my head when I looked outside the window. The authenticity of the costumes looked outside the window. The authenticity of the costumes were brilliant, the next part the hard The was zombies werewas brilliant, thework. next part the hard work. The zombies turned up. turned up. “Do you want blood or dirty down?” theorquestion costume “Do you wantwas blood dirty down?” was the question costume designer Kim asked. Thinking it the wiser choice I chose thewiser choice I chose the designer Kim asked. Thinking it the dirty down. Using a make-up brush and a pot of powdered dirty down. Using a make-up brush and a pot of powdered water-colour paint I began dusting the zombie’s clothes water-colour paint I began dusting the zombie’s clothes completely covering everything in close proximity. (Including completely covering everything in close proximity. (Including my face and hair) ten zombies later and I looked like had just my face and hair) ten zombiesI later and I looked like I had just returned from an afternoon of chimney sweeping, 17th century sweeping, 17th century returned from an afternoon of chimney style. style. Not being needed on set,Not we being sent off the actors into needed on set, wethe sent off the actors into the downpour and consumeddownpour numerousand cups of tea in numerous the consumed cups of tea in the meantime. An extremely meantime. rainy eightAn hours later and theeight leadhours later and the lead extremely rainy actors returned to wardrobe inreturned a state I to have never seen actors wardrobe in a state I have never seen before. Completing my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award in of Edinburgh award in before. Completing my bronze Duke nothing but rain was notnothing even close to how drenched these but rain was not even close to how drenched these boys were. boys were.
It was around 4:00pm and wearound were all4:00pm becoming bybecoming the It was and motivated we were all motivated by the arrival of hot food, the arrival excitement on everybody’s faces when the of hot food, the excitement on everybody’s faces when the foil cases arrived was soon altered by thewas contents of cold by chicken foil cases arrived soon altered the contents of cold chicken casserole. All being toocasserole. hungry it All wasbeing rapidly demolished without too hungry it was rapidly demolished without a word, but everybody was looking forward towas wrapping they to wrapping so they a word, but everybody lookingsoforward could cook their own hot meals. could cook their own hot meals. We trekked back to the We minibus in the pitch black at 5:00pm, trekked back to the minibus in the pitch black at 5:00pm, attempting to watch ourattempting step on thetodamp, slate paths watch our step on(the the damp, slate paths (the downfall of filming by adownfall slate museum) driven the museum) thought ofdriven by the thought of of filming by aby slate central heating. A few costume changesAlater, the day wrapped central heating. few costume changes later, the day wrapped and we prepared for anand early(ish) night, for after again,night, after once again, we prepared anonce early(ish) preparing the clothes for the next the morning. preparing clothes for the next morning.