This course has given me the opportunity to learn about all aspects of costume; history of fashion, design, pattern cutting,...

This costume combines research and interviews with the abstract artist, Callum Murphy, to better understand the process and inspiration that is prevalent within the painting. Using this knowledge and further researching into sculptural and creative pattern cutting fashion I combined the elements that I deem important for telling the story of the painting. The tulle in the dress has been hand painted using a technique of soaking string in ink and dropping onto the fabric, this is one of the ways I have captured the experimental process and movement that is prevalent within the making process of Murphy’s art.

After researching into the history of Carrol I was shocked to find his unhealthy obsession with young girls, he even proposed to the real Alice when she was just 11, him aged 33. My chosen character is the Caterpillar as this is the only character, I feel makes reference to this dark history. I have incorporated this distaste for Carrol into my costume by creating a psychedelic screen print which takes words from the poem ‘Old Father William’ which the Caterpillar makes Alice repeat. This poem makes constant reference to age and youth and after knowing the sordid history is hard not to relate to back to Carrol’s infatuation with young girls. My adaptation of the script brings the story to the hippy era of the 1960/70s, which works well due to the trippy nature of the story and the references to drug taking throughout. The denim jacket was created by dying raw denim with natural indigo and then stonewashing and distressing, this was in order to get an authentic garment that sat right with my chosen era. The jacket is adorned with patches and badges from psychedelic rock bands from the time, these extra details aid the story telling of my character. Finally, the back of the jacket is taken up with the psychedelic screen print I created.

This costume was created for the main protagonist in The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin. This story combines supernatural elements with human avarice. My adaptation of the script brings it into 1980’s New York, combining the culture of drag balls with fetish wear. I have created a layered costume with a latex long sleeved dress to be worn underneath a jacquard gown. The gown is to be removed at the point the Queen becomes a ghost to reveal the latex dress. The jacquard gown takes direct inspiration from the fashions prevalent within Dynasty. Combining an extravagantly excessive train with a short front and cinched waist.

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This costume combines research and interviews with the abstract artist, Callum Murphy, to better understand the process and inspiration that is prevalent within the painting. Using this knowledge and further researching into sculptural and creative pattern cutting fashion I combined the elements that I deem important for telling the story of the painting. The tulle in the dress has been hand painted using a technique of soaking string in ink and dropping onto the fabric, this is one of the ways I have captured the experimental process and movement that is prevalent within the making process of Murphy’s art.

After researching into the history of Carrol I was shocked to find his unhealthy obsession with young girls, he even proposed to the real Alice when she was just 11, him aged 33. My chosen character is the Caterpillar as this is the only character, I feel makes reference to this dark history. I have incorporated this distaste for Carrol into my costume by creating a psychedelic screen print which takes words from the poem ‘Old Father William’ which the Caterpillar makes Alice repeat. This poem makes constant reference to age and youth and after knowing the sordid history is hard not to relate to back to Carrol’s infatuation with young girls. My adaptation of the script brings the story to the hippy era of the 1960/70s, which works well due to the trippy nature of the story and the references to drug taking throughout. The denim jacket was created by dying raw denim with natural indigo and then stonewashing and distressing, this was in order to get an authentic garment that sat right with my chosen era. The jacket is adorned with patches and badges from psychedelic rock bands from the time, these extra details aid the story telling of my character. Finally, the back of the jacket is taken up with the psychedelic screen print I created.

This costume was created for the main protagonist in The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin. This story combines supernatural elements with human avarice. My adaptation of the script brings it into 1980’s New York, combining the culture of drag balls with fetish wear. I have created a layered costume with a latex long sleeved dress to be worn underneath a jacquard gown. The gown is to be removed at the point the Queen becomes a ghost to reveal the latex dress. The jacquard gown takes direct inspiration from the fashions prevalent within Dynasty. Combining an extravagantly excessive train with a short front and cinched waist.

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