Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Abigail King




For her degree collection Abigail King designed a site specific immersive interpretation of the 'Beauty and the Beast' by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, combining it with elements of Angela Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber'.
The shoulders of the jacket of the beast incorporate digital prints of 'The Venus of Urbino', 1538 by Titian, which peep through the suiting fabric. The dress has a sea of embroidered eyes across the shoulders.
" The costumes draw upon fetishism and sexuality to create pieces that explore gender stereotypes, femininity and Gothicism." Abigail King 




Monday, 22 May 2017

Lucy Hutchcraft, Diwali



I was in awe of this project when it was launched at the beginning of the academic year for the third year performance costume students at ECA. The freedom, texture, vibrance and exuberance that it afforded was fantastic.
Students were asked to design costumes that would use brightly coloured and patterned sari fabrics donated by the charity Scottish Love In Action, and incorporate lighting into their designs
The work for this project launched this years Performance Costume show Lucy Hutchcraft's 'King' was one of the pieces;
"This project was so much fun. We were given the task to create a costume spectacle for the Diwali festival, which had to include lights! My costume is based on the evil King Narakasura, and legend says he was thief, so my costume is covered in lots of different textiles and fabrics and creates a lot of movement." Lucy Hutchcraft

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dayna Ali



                              Above: Photograph by Laurence Winram
Dayna Ali's degree production took Irvine Welsh's 'Marabou Stock Nightmares' as it's theme. Dayna bought it to a heightened horror and surrealism by the animation of the marabou Stork. The costume is designed to be worn back to front, with the actor patrolling the stage backwards.  The storks costume uses elements from football casuals with it's merging of football attire (all perfectly and disgustingly stained) and the mask and wings of the stork.



Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ellie Finch




This week saw the annual performance costume show at Edinburgh College of Art. This show stopping costume of 'Marian' is by Ellie Finch designed for 'The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood' by Howard Pyke.
The English folktale is retold in contemporary Mexico focussing on the economic inequality and rise in violence due to the drug trade. Marian's headpiece is adorned with syringes and poppies that are reflected in the kaleidoscopic design of her full skirt which is a complex pattern of syringes, machine guns, and cannabis leaves.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Gergei Erdel

Gergei Erdei's shell-encrusted collection from London College of Fashion's MA show, inspired by 19th Century Sailor’s Valentines. Gergei's mask work reminds me of the wonderful work of James Merry for Bjork.