Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ill met by moonlight

After posting all the pink, flowery elf stuff, I thought I'd also show the other side of the picture.
Oberon and his entourage are the complete opposite of Titania and hers. Nothing flimsy and girly: they wear dark colours and regal, heavy fabrics like velvet and jaquard.
These costumes were based on the clothes of the french absolutism. The reason for that being, that Oberon sees himself kind of like an absolutistic king, with his word being the only thing that counts.
So with the fur (which is fake of course), the ornate borders and clasps, the costumes might seem a little exaggerated, but that's just the way it was back then, if you were able to afford it ;-)
Funnily enough, my first idea for Oberon and his elfs was more of a punkish street style... I'm very glad that it turned out COMPLETELY different in the end.

This is Oberon's coat, made out of dark blue velvet and black fake fur. It's not a very complicated pattern, so I managed to make it from scratch very easily. (Again, always click for the bigger pictures)
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I know these two pictures are very similar, but I think in the second one, the colour is actually pretty close to the original.
By the way, I got the idea for this costume design back when I saw the musical "The Three Musketeers". Cardinal Richelieu was wearing one like it. The guy was awesome :-)

Next up is Puck's costume, made with dark blue velvet, light blue satin and a grey jaquard with a leave pattern for the waistcoat. Oh and I bought a LOT of decorative border and ruffles.
Puck's costume is my absolute favourite. The absolutism theme is more visible in this one, it's a just-au-corp, with all the "bling" you could wish for.
Puck is actually mocking Oberon by wearing this particular outfit, with it being so over-the-top, but Oberon doesn't know that ;-)
As much as I love it now, I have hated this costume along the way. I made the pattern practically from scratch and it didn't work out from the start... it made me mad. A lot.
But it's awesome now, so I forgive it all it's flaws from when I made it. I just love how impish Beccy (who actually plays Puck, even though she was so nice and modelled most of the rest as well) can look, when she wears it.
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In this one you can see the wonderful border I just had to buy when I was in this fabric store on vacation in Spain... I guess this costume is the most expensive one I ever made, mostly because of this border.

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And now just two more pictures of the whole thing, where you can also see the waistcoat a lot better. I didn't make the trousers and the blouse was actually just a store-bought, white ruffle blouse once, until I dyed it, added more ruffles and made it into an absolutistic shirt (yes, I'm saving where I can, after all it's all just my personal money that goes into this project... *sadface*). Unfortunately we forgot the collar part of the ruffles when we took the photos.

Oh by the way, if you ever feel the need to make a just-au-corp, go visit Yvette's costume site. She made the most stunning just-au-corps (for Pirate costumes) that I have ever seen!

Faerie Court

Now, after a long long time without posting, I thought I'd start uploading all the stuff I designed and made for our movie "A Midsummernight's Dream".
I'm starting with Titania, the fairy queen's, court, for which I chose soft pinks and purples and floral patterns.
In our version, Titania represents the side of nature that creates, opposed to her husband Oberon, who represents the destructive side of nature.
Titania wants to keep up the image of a greek goddess, which actually fits her quite well: beautiful and gentle on the outside, but also incredibly dangerous. So that's the kind of style, that underlies the designs of Titania and her retinue.

Let's start with Titania's gown.
It's made out of two different kinds of taffetta, with gold cord for the embroidery.
It's based on a pattern from burdastyle-magazine.
I have so many beautiful pictures of this one, I couldn't decide which ones to use (click on the pictures to see them larger)
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First, two shots of the complete dress, where you can see the basic cut, with the layers and the gathered top.

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And here, in this last one, you can see the detail at the front.

Next, we have two of the dresses of the "elfs in waiting".
For these two I actually have no idea what the fabrics are, I just picked them up one day because the colours fit and they weren't expensive. The flowers, butterfly and vines I nicked from my mum's stash of decorations.
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This one's actually not a dress but consists of a layered skirt and a top, that's laced in the back. Oh and I just love the little butterfly on the shoulder!

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In this one, the greek influence is visible in the toga-like organza draped over one shoulder.
Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the flower detail on the shoulder, you'll just have to trust me on the fact it's pretty ;-)

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And here's another picture, this time of Titania and one of her elfs together.

Now, at the end, I'd really like to thank my two "models". They look so pretty, don't they? :-)