As creator and founder of ANECDOTE I have designed three garments which enable the work produced to tell a story through costume. The aim of this project was to launch a business that creates costume that can collaborate with the performer. Together they Tell A Tale.
All the garments that were formed by ANECDOTE had to work with the client. The garment was a respected entity, rather than an aid.
For the launching project, the business has decided to tell the story of the sea and will produce three extravagant art pieces. The costume will be in collaboration with the BCU Dance Society. ANECDOTE was also in collaboration with Textiles artist Theresa Murphy, who aims to story tell through textiles and Eleanor Sutcliffe who aims to capture energy and life in images.
To show case the garments there was a final film, as well as a photo-shoot. The business hopes to display the extravagant art works within live immersive performances.
Since the age of 4 I have been a dancer, singer and performer taking dance lessons and have also had experience of being part of a girl group. Growing older, I became more fascinated with performing and being on stage and everything that goes with it, specifically the costumes. throughout my journey at university, I found that my dream is to work for celebrities, such as Little Mix, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, designing tour costumes, music video looks and promotional costumes; this led to the idea of using my ultimate career goal as inspiration for my FMP. Because of my experience in the industry, it helps me have a deeper understanding of the needs, requirements and constraints of a performer.
I will collaborate with a Little Mix tribute act, A Touch of Little Mix, to create a promotional outfit for each member, which will be developed from a chosen album my client’s wish to promote for their personal tour which will commence later this year. The final outcome will include the vision of my clients, as the performers, alongside of my own extensive research and ideas as a designer.
For my FMP I have worked alongside three individual Clients that train at the award-winning FPS Fitness for a live Showcase, I was given the task to design and create 3 bespoke costumes that fit their theme and individual music choice, whilst also ensuring my designs and fabric choice were suitable for the routine they needed to perform.
2 of my clients were focused on Pole and 1 was Aerial Hoop, in their performance there was a lot of bending and turning upside down so I had to ensure my costumes would not restrict them whilst also ensuring their body was not exposed to much.
My costumes were all made from lycra and involved lace, rhinestones and also the use of Lazer cutting.
The theme was a school disco, the 3 clients had to select a song each. From there song choice, I then had to develop my research around their song, ensuring that their costume links and has elements to the song for their performance, this involved weekly meetings and discussions on fabric choice, designs and colour.
When developing my research I looked into the clothing for pole, aerial hoop and subculture, Burlesque and Rock clothing was also an inspiration when designing.
A professional Videographer was hired and photographer for my FMP, this was all shot at The FPS Studio which was privately hired out were we recorded their performance, all work will now be used for both mine and their portfolios
This project has overall taught me about the making and design process for dancewear and the use of Lycra, the skills I have learnt during my FMP I can take forward and use again when working in theatre or freelance.
Constitutional Radicalism is political and social justice in society but to me it stands for the justice for women in society. It is the fight that began in 1903 with the suffragettes that is still relevant over 100 years later in 2019.
One may hear the word feminism and immediately think of radical women chaining themselves to the railings outside parliament, preaching their hate for the male species and expecting the world to fall at their feet. When the true definition of a feminist is someone who believes in the social, economical and political equality of the sexes.
The aim for my final major project brief was to design two outfits to coin-side with the ‘Votes for Women’ sash that was part of a collaboration for the xCHANGE Festival 2019, taking place at BCU between 1st-28th March. This year being the second festival for the xCHANGE team, they wanted a sash to represent women and equality to be worn throughout the month by members of staff around BCU campus. Alongside the sash, I planned to curate the two outfits for a short film about the Suffragettes march for women’s rights. I chose to base my final major project on the suffragettes and feminism because even today in 2019 there is still issues being faced by women all over the world where misogynistic men belittle women’s rights. Personally, I have been affected by such issues in the past despite growing up in a strong female orientated family which gave me an emotionally strong connection to constitutional radicalism as my chosen subject matter.
Final Major Project - Bridal - Aurora Capsule Collection
This final major project was a bespoke bridal based project, to create an artistic, contemporary and elegant capsule collection as the final outcome. I have always wanted to blend the art and fashion worlds. The degree course at BCU included a dissertation which developed my understanding and thinking about how to achieve a balance between art and fashion.The opportunity to create a bridal collection allowed me to achieve my aims.It has stretched my skills and supported me on a design journey.
I have always had a passion for sculptural art. My preferred medium is glass and I decided to seek a collaboration with a sculptural glass artist. This local artist Julie Dean, has supported me in terms of design, crafting bespoke glass elements for the dress and thinking about a small business opportunity.
Snow, ice and the aurora borealis ( the Northern Lights ) act as the inspiration for my concept. Ice and snow can be represented through the glass elements and the potential to create a visual illusion of the borealis is offered by the glass and its interaction with the surrounding light source .
Alongside the design process I have written a business plan, ‘Camilla Elizabeth’ to establish the viability of a small business. My research allowed me to focus on who my clients would be. I have named my clients ‘Modern Millies’; who are affluent youth consumers, aged between 24-32 who subsequently fall into the generation titled ‘Millennials’.
My passion for creating unique, elegant, designs for the Modern Millie has been enhanced through the blending of sculptural glass and elegant fashion design. Each piece of glass is individual and links with my concept as snowflakes are all unique, as are the Modern Millie.
The potential opportunity to collaborate with other creatives ( artists, jewellers, sculptures) also evolved from thinking about the business plan and creating a space to connect my bridal designs with art is very exciting.
Through this project I was given the opportunity to explore more deeply Slavic Folklore and especially Ukrainian. My research started with slavic mermaids (Rusalka). In Slavic Folklore mermaid is a drowned woman which rushed into a water to make a suicide, because she was betrayed by her love. After death she gets rebirth as a mermaid. When she becomes a mermaid, they fascinating young boys and luring them into a water to make a revenge. Usually they inhabit near swamps or rivers in the forest.
The Forest Song by Lesya Ukrainka inspired me to choose Ukrainian Forest mermaids – Mavka’s. In age old myths they are evil creatures from the afterworld. Mavka looks like beautiful woman in front, but on the back they don’t have skin… On the other hand, in poetry or in fairy tale’s authors trying to romanticize them and in their works we can see Mavka as a Forest Guardian which trying to protect nature. Forest princess, Forest Nymph.
In my project “Forest Song” you can see two sides of Mavka’s. Two sisters that belongs to different worlds.
It was valuable experience to work with the photographer outdoors. Our aim was to show the character’s nature through the pictures. First I wanted to fully represent characters from legends and fairy tales, but with the models and photographers help we made something new. My characters on the photos become gorgeous and beautiful. Good side of Mavka instead of behave like a cute girl, became a true forest princess. Bad side of Mavka instead of being scary creature became a forest queen which hides a secrets under the cloak. We were working as a one great team. Thanks to photographer advice, we managed to create stunning photos together.
Gilded - covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint.
Anguish - excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain:
My concept for this project stemmed from my research into the lyrics of the song ‘Black and Gold’ by Sam Sparro. There is mention of Apes climbing down from trees and fish swimming out of oceans, but why? Deforestation. Pollution. Caused by mining and industry. Our planet is suffering, yet we continue not to acknowledge it, mentally covering the issues with a metaphorical layer of gold. Only seeing the positives on top, whereas underneath it is dark and dying.
My biggest inspirations for this project came from imagery of the suffering that we cause this world. A bird’s eye view of an area of deforestation created amazing spirals and swirls. The sharp geometric scars in the land where gold mining has taken place. The acidic golden rivers, polluted by the mines. And the stripes of pipelines and chimneys decorating the horizons.
I have really enjoyed this collaboration, and have been very grateful to my collaborator Lene, for the open brief and freedom to think a little outside the box.
Fast costume- The freestyle fast costume I was able to take physical movement and develop this into a costume that has movement as well as using a print that was created by movement, 'dancing with paint'.
Slow costume- I was able to create a costume by looking at the motions, movement and shapes that dance creates. By doing this smooth circular motions were able to be developed onto the costume.
Movement and Freestyle disco dancing. In collaboration with Gemini dance school and young dancer, I was able to work closely with my clients and create garments that fit for the client, for a dance festival in Skegness.
A movement is a physical form which can be developed in many ways, freestyle disco dancing has encouraged bizarre movements for years and is full of glitz and glamour. By using the concept of physical movement and looking into the motions that are created I was able to create costumes for this bold dancing style, whilst exploring using print, rhinestones, and fringing. During this project, I was able to dive into the history of freestyle dance and use inspiration from old costumes and develop them into my research to create a modern-day costume with a touch of the past. I have enjoyed being involved in this community/industry and plan to continue this into the future. Dancer: Maddison Hanley, Photographer: Laura Jane Photography, Videographer: Paul Edwin
I have been working with a musician/whirling dervish/fire whirling performer, creating costumes that use symbolic counterparts to create a peaceful balance. The basic structure of the costumes are influenced by outfits worn by my client's creative influences, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Freddie Mercury, and Prince, which were then expanded on to create symbolic meaning.
The symbolic counterparts connect through facts, symbolism, and imagery, with femininity represented by Taoisms Yin (black), water (blue), and intelligence (the snake), while masculinity is represented by Taoisms Yang (white), fire (red, orange and yellow), and brawn (the ram). The designs also consider Greek/Turkish relations, the discourse that dates back to the Ottoman Empire, and the current climate (specifically looking at relations in Cyprus).
Designer: Rebecca E D Jones - https://www.facebook.com/R-E-D-Costume-920810518058948/
Performer: Panatellis Georgallas - https://music.apple.com/gb/album/feel-good-kind-of-rhythm-single/1246505963?fbclid=IwAR0-9tduCljlRj4bXXZPih6DrOmvWXs-TTLqHDrEa8rz-y20alY6Eq6AMjc
Photography: Scallyway Fox - https://www.scallywagfox.com/
Makeup: Lily MT - https://www.facebook.com/lilymtmua/