Monday, 28 October 2013

Soane Museum Gothick Party - Waiting Staff Costume Design

On the 7th of November, the Soane Museum in London will host a haunting and spectactular 'Gothick' party - and the twenty waiting staff will be wearing my design!

The museum, situated in the magnificent Lincoln's Inn Fields (going there is like stepping back in time - it's crazy!) is known for its Sarcophagus Parties. These extravagant annual candle-lit evenings of the unusual and unexpected take place within the museum itself: a house filled with Sir John Soane's collected curiosities. The house in absolutely unique in its decor: the hundreds of books, ancient sculptures and even a sarcophagus in the basement served as inspiration for a collaboration project between the museum and London College of Fashion performance design courses.

We were given a brief, to design something to be added to a waiter's uniform, that embodies the museum's unique character and atmosphere and would fit in perfectly for a night of macabre and eerie Gothick fun. The project started with a competition to choose a design - one make-up/hair and one costume - and I am so happy to say that my design was chosen as the winner for costume!

My concept is inspired by the Gothic architecture carving pieces on the walls of the museum, the hundreds of crumbling paper books in the front room and Soane's own obsession with mirrors, of all shapes and sizes! The skeletal and delicate translucent paper with a 'crumbling' foil texture are meant to convey a macabre atmosphere focusing on decay, aging and fragility.

Sanya (who also has a blog, have a look here!) is helping me realise my design. For 20 people, there are loads of leaves (almost a thousand!!) that need to be made, but so far we are doing well! Have a look at Sanya's blog for her interpretation of the brief - I love her use of mirrors and silhouette.

Have a peek at the paper leaves in progress...next week I'll post photos of the complete pieces at the party itself! I can't wait to see them in situ!

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