Thursday, 18 November 2010

Costume designs for Iris Murdoch's 'The Unicorn'

These are costume designs for a hypothetical film adaptation of Murdoch's classic novel The Unicorn. 
The story's about a modern young woman, Marian Taylor, who goes to a completely unknown and remote part of the country to stay in an isolated manor house, Gaze Castle. She finds the people there odd and secretive, and eventually she discovers that the lady of the house, Mrs. Crean-Smith, is a prisoner. 
To recreate the lost and frightened feeling that Marian would feel, I've designed costumes that don't seem to have any particular setting, so it's unclear which part of the world the story actually takes place. I've combined contemporary influences with Victorian silhouettes and Middle Eastern embroidery, reflecting upon the imprisonment of Mrs. Crean-Smith and women's rights currently and historically. 
Marian Taylor
Denis Nolan
Alice Lejour
Max Lejour
Maid from Gaze Castle
Effingham Cooper
Hannah Crean-Smith
Jamesie Evercreech
Philip Lejour
Maid from Riders
Gerald Scottow
Scottow's Mother
Violet Evercreech

Monday, 1 November 2010

1920s film costume

 i whipped this dress up yesterday

and this is ma faaaace (slightly frazzled by the end of the night)

Monday, 25 October 2010

Mortal Engines Costume

This is one of the costumes I made last year

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Middle Eastern costume, inspiration for current project

commonly worn traditional burnished indigo facemask.

young bedouin girl from Katri'in village area, Southern Sinai Desert, 1997

Woman from the family of Audeh abu Tayyi wearing the traditional double dress

Village women, Egypt, early 20th century

Siwa girls in their wedding finery

Jordanian bedouin costume

detail of dress and embroidered cuff with model's hands decorated with henna

People from the Tihama Plain and Hajjah: inspiration for current project

Front Cover for an edition of 'Pinocchio' by Carlo Collodi, colour lithograph - just something I liked!

Cinderella and her Prince Charming by Millicent Sowerby: inspiration for next project

Tamara de Lempicka

Jean Paul gaultier and Catherine McNeil by Mario Sorrenti

A bit of Leon Bakst.. (life drawing inspiration)

Wols, Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze (life drawing inspiration)

Some of these look like they could be a bit rude but I'm in love with the textures and media.

John Galliano / Dior