Commission- Winifred Sanderson

This might be one of the most elaborate costume I have ever made, the dress and the cloak include about 24 metres of fabric, all hand painted and bejewelled. I sculpted the snake brooches myself and they contain real malachite stones. The customer wanted it to be as accurate as possible, which is what I like to hear, I didn’t have to cut corners, I got to include as much detail as necessary, which all helps to make a costume look the very best it can. I love making drag costumes because they are larger than life, there’s no such thing as too much! Continue reading “Commission- Winifred Sanderson”

Commission: Traversing History

Project director and photographer: Marla Bishop

Make-up artists: Kat Winslade and Camila Cufré

Costumes: Courtney Coulson

Models:

Nic Färgglad
Erin Delaney
Jasper Storm
Luciano Spadoni
Courtney Coulson

 

This was an unusual project, I was approached by Marla, a photography student who had an ambitious photoshoot that they needed costumes for. The concept was androgynous reinterpretations of various periods in history, I love history and I have a fascination with androgyny, so I was keen. In total there were fifteen costumes, I was assigned these five pre-20th century periods and one futuristic one. Marla gave me rough idea of what they wanted but I had a lot of creative freedom and they were happy with these initial illustrations you see below. It was an intense project, very little budget and very little time, but such is the life of a costumer and I was up to the challenge. I only had one fitting with the models and it was one week before the shoot, I was sewing right up until the minute some of these costumes were photographed. But I always meet a deadline!

I enjoyed this collaboration, Marla is a talented photographer and they assembled a fine team of make-up artists and models. I can now say my work has been on display in a gallery now too. Continue reading “Commission: Traversing History”