For my graduate projects I wanted to show a wide range of skills across the two costumes I chose to create, as well a strong visual contrast between the two of them.
The Sugar-Plum Fairy is the very essence of ‘sugar, spice and all things nice’, topped with excessive ruffles, beads and adornment. This costume features a hand-crafted elastic lattice and mesh bodysuit, a body of fabric created using layers of cationic chiffon, glitter tulle and taffeta to achieve a ‘magical’ feel to the character. It’s topped off with matching beaded pointe shoes and a wire Pearl and crystal tiara.
For my costume of Grenouille, I wanted to resonate the dark trait present within serial-killers where they ‘collect’ either pieces of their victims or their possessions. Therefore, I created breeches adorned with 5 kilograms of hair extensions, as well as a hand-embroidered shirt with patterns made to resemble cells and skin. The coat has breakdown techniques featured within it to resemble a bloody ribcage, and there are elements of beading that are there to resonate strings of flesh. The outfit is complete with a manually machine embroidered cravat.