Island Girl Clothes #2

Island Girl and Kurt RussellWell, I indeed was able to get in touch with Lhanie, aka Island Girl. Unfortunately Lhanie didn’t have a tremendous amount of information, but she was more than willing to share what info she did have. Below are select quotes from several emails that I hope might be interesting in regard to the original process by which Ringo’s costume was created for Tombstone, as well as be helpful to creating a replica Ringo costume.

From Lhanie (edited and condensed by me):

“My involvement with the movie [started] with Peter Sherayko. He asked me to work with costumer designer Joseph Porro. Joseph [contracted me] to make shirts. I made about 300 shirts for them. I made the shirt for the character “Johnny Ringo”. The dragon, Joseph had made to be embroidered. He sent me the bib part with the dragon and I made the shirt to complete the shirt. The ‘cowboys’ shirts are the ones I made. Joseph used them for all the actors except for the principal actors; (Kurt Russel, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot and Bill Paxton).

I didn’t [make] the red sashes.

Since I moved [to the] East coast, I left all my sewing business behind. I am no longer in business.”

“I can tell you a little bit about the material on red sash. We use “crepe” type material. Anything that is a little medium thickness with some texture will do. Of course, fire engine red. Any kind of tassels or upholstery tassels for the edges. 5 inches wide and from 2 1/2 to 3 yards long. There are different kinds of red sashes that they actually use in the movie.

Michael Biehn from the Magnificent SevenJohnny Ringo’s shirt is cotton, medium wt. Color is kind a bluish gray. All shirts that I made for the cowboys are based on the same pattern shirt. We only [changed the] ‘bib’ style, including Johnny Ringo. The closest one that Joseph and I used [is also] the one that Michael Biehn wears on “Magnificent Seven”. We used the same style bib-shirt.”

2 comments on “Island Girl Clothes #2
  1. Susan Fowler says:

    I am in the theatrical group Lawdogs ‘N Ladies (a non-profit organization) and our main purpose is putting on a play “A Tribute to the Movie Tombstone”.

    I am in the process of making Johnny Ringo’s Costume for the new season. One of the biggest features on Johnny Ringo’s costume is the Dragon as well as the coat and shirt — which are just as important.

    If you don’t mind I would like to ask a couple of questions.
    1. What pattern did you use for his coat and shirt? I would like to replicate it a closely as possible.

    2. Would it be possible to obtain a copy of the dragon graphics? I would like to embroider it onto the bib of his shirt.

    I just want to make one shirt for the person playing Johnny Ringo.

    Thank you,
    Susan Fowler
    Lawdogs ‘N Ladies

  2. Michael Williams says:

    Val Kilmer is quite older now but he still got that great acting talent:*-