Ever since I watched Sunshine, I have idolized Capa. He has
inspired me to reevaluate what I want to do with my life. I want
to be him. It just so happens that my most direct way of
expressing my respect for a character is to dress up as that
character. I wanted to make a Capa costume, but what would that
consist of? A ripped bloody T-shirt and cargo pants?
posting on the Sunshine
I realized that one of the members, kaliszewski, lived in
Minnesota. What a coincidence - me too! Then I remembered that
during my perusing of older posts on the forum, she had
mentioned something about winning auctions of several Sunshine
movie props. One item in particular caught my eye: the bloody
vest that Capa had on in his final confrontation with the Sun.
That vest was the summation of the entire movie for me! I had to
find a way to get my hands on it somehow.
first thing I did was send kaliszewski a private message
asking if she would be willing to sell the vest. I never
expected her to agree, but I wouldn't know unless I try, right?
Well, the answer was "no." Fine, then, could I visit
it? touch it?? spend some time alone with it??? Yes; yes; no.
Fair enough. The date was set and I counted down the days.
mentioned that she lived in Saint Paul Park, and somehow my mind
equated this to Saint Paul. Saint Paul Park turned out to
be quite a few miles farther. But distance was irrelevant to my
meeting Capa's wardrobe. I somehow managed to stay awake on the
mile on monotonous road and finally made it to her house. We
talked for a while and she showed me her bird, her cats, her
guinea pigs until it was time for the main event.
first thing brought out was Capa's watch, the one that Mace
smeared Trey's blood on in the movie. Except kaliszewski
washed the blood off. O.O;; That defeats the entire point!!
ARRGHH!!! XD But she actually wanted to wear the watch herself,
I guess I can... sort of... understand. Anyway, Capa's watch is
Capa's watch. I asked if I could put it on and she said that
would be fine:
couldn't believe I was actually wearing Capa's watch!! It was
big, it was heavy, and it had a rubber wrist band. Gazing down
at it I redundantly asked, "So, Cillian actually wore this
thing, huh? *_*" She said it went for ~$800 at the auction.
up were Capa's velcro pants and belt! Finally, some blood -
WHEEE!! I like Capa's blood. ^___^ It smelled like acrylic:
also had Capa's weaty T-shirt, the one he wore in the
Observation Room when he met Pinbacker:
I was taking pictures of Capa's sweaty T-shirt, kaliszewski
brought out the bloody vest, but I refused to look at it yet. I
told her I had to prepare myself. So I took a few deep breaths,
and when I was certain I would not freak out, I mustered the
courage to turn around:
can I say? It was everything I dreamed it would be - thick
acrylic blood and all! It was fully functional with zipper and
belt. I made sure to take many pictures of it from every angle
in case I decide to make it for myself, although I soon realized
that it was too complicated and had too many metal parts for me
to attempt it. I asked how much she paid for it, but she refused
to say, besides mentioning that she went a tad
"Leo-crazy" on the bidding. Eventually I got her to
admit that it was basically "you can either buy a car, or
you could buy Capa's bloody vest." O.O I left it at that.
Suffice to say that though some people snipe a price on eBay at
the last second, she drops an atomic bomb.
sat on the couch surrounded by priceless Sunshine memorabilia.
Enough wardrobe photography... it was time to immortalize myself
with Capa's stuff!!
took that picture believing the watch, shirt, vest, and pants
was all there was, but kaliszewski kept bringing out more
stuff!! There were Capa's white sneakers, his wristbands, and
even his Comms link!!
no! That's not all, either! Just when I thought there couldn't
possibly be any more Capa props, she brought out an entire new
outfit!! XD It was his longsleeve shirt and cargo pants, before
they got bloody.
was like some kind of twisted laundry detergent ad! "SUN
BLEACH(tm), it gets out the toughest blood stains! Warning:
Sun Bleach may result in irreversible damage to carbon-based
Now, I sat hugging that bloody vest for at least two hours. I
have a tendency of taking things for granted until they're gone,
so I was trying very hard to let this moment sink in. I kept
wondering, "What else I can do given such a rare
opportunity? What would I regret not doing the second I step
outside if I were to leave right this minute?" I guess
there was only one more thing I could do.
I asked if I can try on the
shoes. Somehow, she agreed. I was now wearing both Capa's watch
and Capa's shoes. Though they were a little big for me, they
were very comfortable and I couldn't help but feel giddy knowing
that these are the very same shoes that Capa - Cillian - walked
around on the Icarus sets in.
then started fiddling with the zipper on the bloody vest. It
took me a few minutes before I dared to ask if I could unzip it.
That was okay, too. With trembling fingers I slowly pulled it
down, and as I stared at its open interior, I couldn't resist
anymore. I asked if I can try on the vest. Kaliszewski
replied that I've
already had it on top of me for so long, why not.
And... there are just no words to describe how happy that made me!!
*_* At that point my mind snapped and I couldn't couldn't
contain my thoughts anymore. I asked if I can try on the pants,
and the T-shirt, until I was in full death scene gear!! *_* (Except that I was wearing the watch instead of the wristband)
Ahhh... This was pure heaven! Yes, I've considered making a Capa costume,
in my life did I expect I would ever get the chance to wear the ACTUAL
had to wonder how many other people in the world got to wear
these outfits. We probably have Cillian, the wardrobe
department, kaliszewski herself... It couldn't have been
more than a handful. Strangely enough, the clothes fit
So here's me in Capa costume with Comms link...
it was time to don the bloody vest. As I traced the zipper back
to the top ands strapped on the, err, what could only be
described as a seat belt, I knew I was reenacting the exact
motions Capa followed in the movie! (Minus sexy grunting.)
think thematically! Here's me doing a pathetic impression of Capa staring at sparklies...
That's just... so... amazing to me... ;_; Now every time I watch the movie I can think "I touched
that! I walked in Capa's shoes! I used that zipper and belt!! I
WORE THAT OUTFIT!!!" I kept pacing around in the costume
for an hour... hugging it, looking in the mirror, telling myself
"you are wearing Capa's clothes, appreciate it!!" An incredible dream come true for me,
corny as it may sound. For all my whining about being stuck in
Minnesota, this has officially made me being here worthwhile!!
Above all, I want to thank kaliszewski for letting me
come see and touch her beautiful collection!! (And for putting up with the photo
shoot, heh.) I only hope I wasn't too creepy about it.