Dracula – student theatre

2 years ago, during my university time, I joined the student theatre group as shared costume designer.

That years play was “Dracula” – a humorus story about the infamous transylvanian count and his “friends”.

The first step as the costumer desiger was to do some research of the original story.

vlad_tepes_big-x01Using this well known portrait from the 15th century, of the “original” Dracula – Count Dracul, as inspiration.

12I drew a design sketch, and got to work.

CIMG6144I made a coif using some red felt, and 3 pearl necklaces. Unfortuanly the hat got lost before the premier, so the actor never got to wear it.

IMG_0749 (2)He did whoever get a big furry cape and lots and lots of lace frills.

IMG_0882Fighting with the always unfortat mr Jonathan Harker.

13The servant “Reinfied” is a dark, crazy and creapy caracter.


IMG_1014Dressed in torn clothes, dirt and spiderweb.


IMG_0865The caracter of “Illusion” is only real in Reinfields head and tells him to do a lot of crazy things.

IMG_0961-(1)The ladys Nina and Lucy.

IMG_1520“Lucys” dress is a simplifyed version of a Victorian bustle dress.

Unfortanly I had already moved back to my old town when the play premiered, so I never got the chanse to help finish or even watch it. But I’m still pretty proud of the result.

Sewing The Addams Family

Last fall the theatre where I work decided to produce the musical “The Addams Family”, and as a trainee in the atelier I got the opportunity to be part of the making of the costumes for the show.

It was so much fun making all of these crazy costumes with lots and lots of strange special solutions and tecnhiques to them.

Here are a few shoots of what it looked like at work during this hectic couple of months.

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2012-05-25 11.11.37Cut stripes sewn to black satin as making of a fabric that later would turn into a pair of 16th Century breeches.

2012-05-31 15.00.25Making of a 16th Century neck-ruffle (my speciality by now).

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2012-06-20 13.19.26A newly draped collar for a 17th century colonaire.

2012-08-09 09.58.45Tap-shoes.

2012-08-29 09.41.47A plastic arm that will become “The Thing”.

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2012-09-12 10.59.19General Patton.

2012-09-07 13.06.19Skeleton body-suits.


Then after you spent days on geting every seam perfect, cutting every lose thread and pressing like crazy, the costumes are taken in to the next room – and comes out totally ruined!

No, I’m kidding.

But almost every costume in theatre needs to be “distressed” in some way or another. Or else it would look like every one in town (even the poor ones) bought their clothes that same morning. And for this show no one would be wearing “new” clothes.

Here are some before and after pics of a couple of ghost costumes.

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2012-09-17 13.32.20Reedy for shipment to the Theatre.

2012-08-24 13.53.18Laurel and Hardy waiting for their costume fittings. Their 4 friends will drop by later for their fittngs.

2012-09-04 16.54.28This fellow scared the shit out of most of us at some point or another, as it was constantly being moved around the atelier, suddenly standing next to you or peeking round a corner.

Theater seamstress in training

In January 2012 I finished my last course in school and moved back to my hometown. Pennyless, unemplyoed and bored I decided to make the most of my newfound spare time and learn more about sewing and costuming.

I contacted my nearest theater atelier and begged to be taken in as a no pay trainee. They agreed, cleared a table for me, and let me stay on for 6 months, doing all the things the other tailors and seamstresses did.

I had such a good time and learned so much working in the atelier. I got experience from sewing and all the other things going on around the theatre.

Sadly I was working all the time and did forget to take pictures, but here are the few that I did get and some I found on the internet.

6797180018_978a5fe247The pattern drafting room

ImageHandlerkgNewspaper picture on “open House” day. My workplace was right where the two ladies stand, opposite to the awesome young tailor cutting some organdy for the never ending neck ruffels.

imagehandlerjgAnother article of a really great tailor, covering the cartoon figure Bamse in new fur.

ImageHandlerlhgThe costume supervisor showing off a wonderful 1930s velvet robe.

ImageHandler kjghEveryone’s working hard. I’m the one in the background to the left (between the young girl and the beam).

kostym_farliga__mediumCostume fittings with tailor and costume designer squeesed in to the fitting room.

7298564A fraction of the costumes in the storage.

2012-09-07 08.47.53A polar bears head waiting to be styled with glitter.

2012-09-07 15.32.56Who wouldn’t like to be a dancing, singing and sparkling polar bear…?

Thanks to all the wonderful tailors and seamstresses for really letting me in to your team, and never holding back on your incredible knowledge.