The last post I made here was to share with you about a project coming up that I was so excited about. Jane Wicker, Airshow performer, and Wingwalker, had asked me to make her a very special wing walking outfit for her upcoming marriage. The plan was for her and her fiance, to get married while wingwalking! I hadn’t a clue how this was going to be done, but I had no doubt that Jane could do it!
Sadly, and tragically, this project will not be happening. Today, Jane was killed while performing her act at an airshow in Dayton, OH.
I have been involved in this business long enough to have lost several friends. It doesn’t get any easier. But perhaps this one was a little tougher, because I had really just been getting to know Jane, and really really liked her.
Jane had given me some ideas of where she wanted to go with her wedding outfit, and I had some ideas of my own. Together we had come up with some really great stuff!
Jane was a huge fan of the era of the ‘Roaring 20′s’; probably because of the love she had for her airplane, Aurora. It was a huge old Stearman Bi-plane, built for that slow dancing in the sky, that she was so good at. She could dance across the wings of that airplane like nobody else! It was a priveledge to watch her and a priveledge to know her.
She had wanted an outfit that reflected the romance of that era, but was also conducive to her needs as a wing walker. This is what we came up with – only with long, fitted sheer sleeves with some bling at the cuffs. It was to have spattered bling across the shoulders and chest, at the high neck, and again in a thin belt at the midriff.
We talked about a seperate skirt of silk charmuese for the after party,as well.
Instead of a veil, I was going to make her this turban/hat – which we both fell in love with! Minus the feathers, though, and add some bling instead.
Though this lovely outfit will never be made, I will always see Jane in it; standing on the wing of Aurora, waving at the crowd, a huge ole’ smile on her face as she does what she did so very well.
God Speed, and Blue Skies forever, Jane.