A collaboration with Stephanie Allin,
A Bridal Couture Company that proudly creates their product in the UK.
Creating 2 garments - A Wedding Dress & an Evening Dress based on their current Bridal Collection 2018 - La Vie en Rose
With the theme of "La Vie En Rose", my research led me to look at the era of the 1950s where I was inspired by influential artists that became well known at this time, such as Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O'Keeffe as well as influential designers - Christian Dior and Balenciaga.
My garments were designed with the influence of Christian Dior & Balenciaga's exotic couture pieces from 1950s.
My 2nd Project was to create a costume for 1 particular character - Scaramouche Jones by Justin Butcher.
Out of The Seven White Masks of Scaramouche Jones, through my research, I had chosen the 4th Mask as my key theme.
Taking inspiration towards Venice and the Venetian Masked Culture as the key location of the story and the time frame of the 1930s - I have created 3 garments - A Tailcoat, A Waistcoat and A Trouser.
The designs are based on the diverse characteristics of Scaramouche Jones such as the intricate embroidery taken from intricate designs of gypsies as he himself, is part of the gypsy culture.
This film shows the photoshoot, the photograhers, makeup artist and models which worked really well together and I am really happy with the out come.
Photographer- Billie Harrison and Stephan Berry Makeup artist- Miriam Besrat Negash Models: Emma Atkinson and Shuli Ferber
The brief for this project was to create two wedding dresses to be made from old existing wedding dresses and prom gowns, using every element of the dresses the embellishment, beads, etc. Following the concept of the birds and the bees set by The Couture Company. The couture company is a bespoke wedding dress shop, working within a small group of 6 people to create one-off unique wedding gowns. The customer clients are brides looking for an alternative wedding dress.
The final major project shows skills in embroidery, adapting fabric, sewing skills, and embellishment techniques and develop designs, fabric samples and techniques. Using two models to display the garments using a collaboration with photographers and makeup artist.
The original concept set up by the couture company was the birds and the bees, I developed this concept and researched further into the subject looking at reincarnation, religions and the Japanese fashion techniques which developed the designs and techniques used.
The requirements are two wedding dresses suitable to sell along the couture company dresses and not stand out. The dresses needed to use techniques similar or the same to the couture company. The dresses also needed to consider the style of the couture company’s and consider their approach to design and their clientele.
The main collaboration is with The Couture Company I worked mostly with The Couture Company on the dresses and the theme and the concept, working with photographers and makeup artist and models to build each other’s portfolio, the photoshoot was urban themed, with graffiti and brick walls as a background. During the collaboration my job was to create two wedding dresses fitting the theme of the birds and the bees and keeping in mind the clientele of the couture company.
‘CIRQUITRY’ is a project born out of the idea of combining the past with the future to create a unique spectacle.
Commissioned by RoguePlay Theatre to design a pair of costumes that celebrated the 250th Anniversary of Circus but also looked towards what the next 250 years can offer.
My personal passions of creating something unique and also exploring how boundaries can be pushed, was met with the same vision by my collaborative partner, Alex Davies. Together we were able to create a spectacle of lights that begin to show the endless possibilities that can occur when costume and technology collide.
These two particular costumes are to form part of a larger display that will take place at TILT Festival 2018. A circus and aerial theatre festival held annually in Birmingham. Hosted by Rogueplay, the culmination of this weekend long event will see my two costumes feature in a spectacular night of circus celebrations.
My inspiration stems back to the beginnings of the circus, at Philip Astley's Amphitheatre. I was drawn to the beautiful illustrations of the chandeliers and was keen to pay homage to these in my designs. I felt it would be a fitting tribute to Philip Astley, the founder of the modern circus, and would be the perfect fit to combine with my desire to create light up costumes.
Symbiosis is a conceptual art piece that aims to investigate the contrast between the natural world and high-tech development, examining how both topics coincide with the human condition. The concept portrays how technology is increasingly consuming our lives, intertwining with our natural state and in turn appropriating aspects of our humanity.
An interest in the construction of these two opposing entities inspired exploration into molecular nature; inciting bright colours, smooth surfaces and organic structures. Aesthetically these notions are contrast the visual interpretation of modern technology which coerces thoughts of glossy surfaces, sleek seam lines and digital inspired prints.
My interest is in set and costume design. I love to design for characters and finding ways to portray their personality in creative ways. This project has allowed me to experiment with various materials and techniques.
For my final project, I have collaborated with Rogue play, an aerial and physical theatre company. I was assigned to design for the roles of the Ringmaster and The Businessman on stilts.
In collaboration with the Oxford University Filmmaking Foundation
Directed by Tara Snelling, Elli Siora and Una O'Sullivan.
For my Final Major Project I have collaborated with the Oxford University Filmmaking Foundation for their current production of 'Dorian'. It is a six-part web-series based on the Oscar Wilde's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', directed by Tara Snelling, Elli Siora and Una O'Sullivan. 'Dorian' is a modernisation, set at Oxford University, concerning a group of students. Several of the main cast have been gender-swapped including the titular 'Dorian', who is now female and starring Beatrice Udale-Smith, Rory Grant and Rowan Wilson.
My role in this project was to design and create two ball gowns for Dorian for when she is attending an Oxford Student Ball; one 'beautiful' and the other a 'corrupted' version of the same dress. The dresses represent how Dorian is young and attractive on the outside, but has become increasingly evil, immoral and ugly on the inside. Like the supernatural 'portrait' from the original novel; Dorian's dress has become putrid and decayed.
A video showing the work in collaboration with Keith Mitchell Photography to produce two fairytale themed bridal gowns, which will then be used in a location photoshoot in order to produce a look book for both him and myself to use in our portfolios.
After discussing some ideas with Mr Mitchell and highlighting my interest in bridal wear, especially alternative bridal wear, we both decided that a fantasy/fairytale theme would suit our needs with the dresses designed to be different, out there and nature inspired.
Mr Mitchell requested a dress that is quite ‘bonkers’ with some volume and light colours. He also expressed a liking of sheer fabrics, backless dresses and head dresses. He requested the dress to be light in colour stating due to the photoshoot being outside on location, that at that time of year with everything being very green, lighter colours would stand out better, he also informed me of a like for lots of sequins/beading.
Upon completing the collaboration, Keith had this to say:
'I had the pleasure of working with Annabelle when she approached me to photograph her designs.
I am a local professional photographer with my own studio and have experience in fashion photography and love a challenge so I was very interested it this project.
Annabelle provided me with a mood board and initial ideas for the shoot on which I gave my input.
We cast for a model and MUA for the day, which was going to be on location. It would have been easy to shoot in the studio but a location shoot adds so much more.
I had several locations in mind but with the time of year, we had the benefit of the blue bells being out. The day came and the Model, Makeup Artist and dresses were all prefect.
Whe had a fabulous time with lots of input from everyone to make the shoot a great success. Annabelle is very professional and lovely to work with which all made for a fabulous shoot which considering we had never worked together before was great from my point of view. I like to work as part of a team with everyones talents pulling together to make it a success.
I was really pleased with the day and it produced some great images and hopefully I get to work with Annabelle again on future projects as is very talented and a pleasure to work with on all levels.'
'Bethannie did and amazing and professional job at producing two high quality, made-to-fit costumes that really capture the Burlesque and Showgirl genres!' -Emily Hart
'Bethannie's designs were easy to understand and she explained them to me in great detail at every meeting throughout the designing process.' -Emily Hart
A collaboration with Emily Hart who has performed all over the country, some examples being: Her Majesties Theatre London, Saddler's Wells Theatre London, Albany Theatre Coventry, The Hippodrome Birmingham, and the Blackpool Winter Gardens in the 'Thats Showbiz' Troupe Competition. The brief that was given to me by my client was to create two burlesque inspired outfits in which my client would wear in the end of season performance in October. These outfits were to be of Victorian 1890s burlesque influence however transformed into a modern showgirl style. Victorian 1890s corsetry, beadings and trimmings were the main focus of the client.
Material Contrasts displays the smallest of details which nature creates; from the growth of mushrooms submerging gnarled roots, to the way fresh morning dew clings to the undergrowth. The tiniest, unrefined, organic compositions heavily influence my design, offering endless inspirations.
Material Contrasts is the exploration of combining the material properties of ceramics and conventional clothing fabric. The striking difference between the two mediums creates an unusual and captivating appearance. This work has been an expression of my artistic personality; alongside new skills and techniques, inspired by the organic lines and forms which nature effortlessly creates. This body of work has been tailored to Andrea Abbott’s specifications, enabling her true creative side to unveil in her photographic work.
Material Contrasts pushed my creativity to new levels, exploring something so new and out of my skills range was exhilarating. From my research clay had seldom been used in any form of clothing due to its material qualities and durability. This offered me a stimulating challenge to try and utilise something that had hardly been trialled before. I have endlessly explored, learning new skills and driving myself to solve problems that arise when working with contemporary materials. This project would not have been possible without the expertise of ceramicist, Kate Pullen, tirelessly devoting her time to teach me the fundamental skills of using clay.
For my Final Major Project on the fashion for performance pathway, I wanted to specialise in bridal wear and collaborate with a designer which will allow me to design and create an alternative Bridal attire collection.
I was given the oppurtunity to collaborate with the designer Katie Dell.
Katie Dell has 2 collections; The Waverley collection which consists of elegant and more traditional style dresses. The second collection is called The Margot collection which is based on bridal seperates, such as skirts and tops.
The Katie Dell bride is a bride who is slightly less traditional and more alternative, and wants to portray herself as best she can on her special day.
Katie Dell is starting to develop a ready to wear collection. The capsule collection I am to design and create a capsule bridal collection that Katie can bring with her to White Gallery in London. The collection is aimed to be sold wholesale and at an affordable price.
I am to design and create a capsule collection consisting of 7 looks to fit in with both the Waverley and Margot collections.