Marie Osmond Gets Costume Tips From Trusted Advisor: Her Daughter
Yahoo News - Canada
July 4, 2011
TORONTO - A lot of daughters are quick to criticize the wardrobe choices their mothers make but Marie Osmond is quite happy to have the feedback.
Osmond has high praise for her 21-year-old daughter Rachael Lauren, who designs her mom's costumes for "Donny and Marie Live," which hits Toronto on Tuesday.
"She has a really good eye," Osmond, 51, said Monday in an interview.
"She grew up as a kid around it.... She grew up as a kid working with, you know, (designers) Bob Mackie and Ray Aghayan and Ret Turner and people like that so she loves costuming.
"She hung out in (that environment) and loved it ... and you just learn a lot — line and style and body type."
Rachael recently updated one of the creations the "Paper Roses" singer wore in the 1970s, during the days of the "Donny and Marie" TV variety show.
"She went in my old closet from '77 and pulled out an original Bob Mackie and kind of re-tweaked it up. She said it would be fun to ... (recreate) that retro look I was known for in the 1970s," said Osmond.
"I had to pour myself into it," she added with a laugh.
Osmond also did a little wardrobe recycling when she recently remarried her first husband, Stephen Craig, donning the same Turner-designed dress she wore when the pair tied the knot in 1982 (they divorced three years later).
"That was so crazy ... I was cleaning out my garage and all of a sudden this box showed up and I didn't even know I had it," said the singer.
"It was kind of a funny thing how that worked out ... I guess it was destined, right?"
Osmond says Rachael — her daughter with second husband Brian Blosil — has long had a knack for fashion and design, an interest that was fuelled by her mother's successful doll business, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
"She started getting involved in that as a little girl and coming up with ideas and she just has a real knack for it, she's very creative," said Osmond.
"It's fun when your kids find their passion."
"Donny & Marie Live," which runs until July 17, will be a variation of their popular Las Vegas show, featuring classic hits as well as newer numbers and vintage video of the toothy duo.
The shows will also feature the trademark Donny and Marie banter, which is bound to include some jabs about their respective stints on "Dancing With the Stars" (Marie was a finalist in 2007, while Donny won the competition when he participated in 2009).
Donny, 53, has spoken effusively of Toronto, where he had a career resurgence in the '90s starring in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat."
The "Puppy Love" crooner has said he couldn't resist returning to Toronto to perform with his sister at the city's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The performances — which come just weeks after the release of the first Donny & Marie album in 30 years — will have an intermission and Marie Osmond said they will likely be the longest shows the duo has done.
"We thought, we're only here for two weeks, and so we're going to have everything from country and rock 'n' roll and big band music and Broadway music and I'm going to be doing an opera piece. It'll be very eclectic," she said. "I think it'll be a fun show."
It sounds like Osmond will have precious little downtime during her time here: She is working on a new book, which will likely be out next spring, and is prepping for a guest appearance on the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Of course, this being the famously close-knit Osmond clan, the busy performer is sure to squeeze in a little family time with her daughter.
"It's the best. How many moms get to hang out with their kid?" asked Osmond.
"She doesn't do (this job) because she's my kid. She's very good at it. This time has been really fun for us to be together."
The last two years have seen the mother of eight go through personal highs (her remarriage) and the unimaginable low of losing her son Michael Bryan, who committed suicide last year.
She remarried Craig in May on what would have been the birthday of Bryan as well as her late mother, Olive.
Osmond has said the stage is her "safe place," adding that she's ever-thankful for the fans who come to see the Donny and Marie stage show, many of whom have been dreaming about seeing the singing siblings since the early '70s.
"It's kind of funny when you're on somebody's bucket list," she said.
"We just really try to bring generations together, whether they're bringing their grandchildren or whether they're bringing their teenagers ... we have 20-year-olds and 30-year-olds coming because of 'Dancing With The Stars.'
"We just feel really blessed. How do you not work and enjoy that? You'd be a very ungrateful person if you didn't enjoy it."