Sunday, 15 December 2013

Initial Inspiration and Themes - "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" Ballet Design

A few weeks ago I posted photos of my finished 18th Century man's costume, that I made as part of this term's project at London College of Fashion. On the BA Costume for Performance course, we do not only make but design as well, and I chose to design the text of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" as a ballet.

For our final hand-in we had to condense our research, drawing and investigation from the ten week term into a mazimum of ten A2 pages. Here are the first three pages of my portfolio, illustrating my influences and the images that I found most inspiring.

PAGE 1 - Initial inspiration 
*"The Kiss" - Georges Barbier
*"The Swing" - Jean-Honoré Fragonard = pleasure gardens, dressing/undressing
*"The Orgies" - William Hogarth = moral decline, 18th century underwear

PAGE 2 - Ballet
*"Jane Eyre" - Shanghai Ballet
*"Sleeping Beauty"  - Birmingham Royal Ballet 
*Sparkling fabrics, layering to create depth and lavish look under stage lighting

PAGE 3 - Set Design
*The pleasure gardens - secretive and mysterious places of 18th century entertainment and socialising, day and night, with a reputation for immorality
*"Sleeping Beauty" - Matthew Bourne, Lez Brotherston
*18th Century architectural and interior design, Rococo style
*The boudoir/dressing room
My concept for the set wood be a woodland clearing pleasure garden, with the lanterns, chandeliers and mirrors of a lady's dressing room

More of my research and design work soon!

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