Past costumes – Carmen part1

Lets continue on the topic of past costumes/school projects.

The summer of 2011 I attended a class in “Teatre costume design”.
It was only a short course (three weeks), and just a few students attending, but it was great.


The play that we were asked to costume was George Bizet’s opera “Carmen”.
A few weeks before the course we got the assignment to read the play, listen to the music and make a inspirational board of some kind.

This is my board. 8. CARMEN Collage

The the real work begun.
We spent the first week working on our drawing techniques, the next making mood boards, gathering inspiration and designing the costumes for three of the main characters.


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It wasn’t until week three we actually got to start working on the outfits.
CIMG5247CIMG5275Corset for Carmen (Pattern from Jill Salens “Corsets”)

CIMG5250Flowery decorations

And even though we only needed to make costumes for two of the caracters (Carmen and Escamilo) it was pretty hectic getting everything done until the weekends presentation.

CIMG5244Escamillos jacket and Carmens skirt finished.

We also had some lessons in theater history, breaking down scripts and stage make-up. CIMG5239Åsa (the teacher) shows how to change the lines of the face.

DSCF3301Me, Hanna and Keit working on our make-up skills.

On Friday the last week, we had a workshop with dancers and opera singers wearing our clothes, and on Saturday we held an open house to show of our work.CIMG5283Hanna working on getting the stage ready for the show.

CIMG5542My “show room” with collages and pictures of the costumes.

And a small model of the set and stage.

DSCF3353Me getting the costume on the dancer before the show.

In part 2, I will show you my finished costume, as well as the costumes the other girls did.

Cleopatra part 2 – the slave

After I finished with “The queen”, I got to work on her companion.

img130“Slave girl” design.

This was a really quick one.
The dress is basically a straight tunic leaving one shoulder bare.CIMG4675

And tied with a sash.CIMG4673




My sister got to play the part for the photoshoot.DSC_0776




Both costumesDSC_0749

DSC_0763Hm, I wounder whats in that basket…


DSC_0757Snake Attack!

I also designed a few other costumes for the collection.Anthony soldatMark Anthony in Armour.

Anthony egyptenMark Anthony in Egyptian garb.

To bad I didn’t had anyone to model those clothes…

Cleopatra Costume from 2010

A couple of years ago, I attended a theater costume course where we where asked to choose one famous play to design an outfit for.

I choose “Anthony and Cleopatra” for my play, and drew inspiration from both pictures and old movies.

MV5BNzE5Nzk4NTI5OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODc4MTU2__V1__SX320_SY450_Elizabeth Taylor  in Cleopatra from 1963.

img111My costume sketch.

 The I started working on the costume itself.

I made a simple figure hugging white dress.CIMG4407

Decorated it with some golden pearl beading.CIMG4455

I also made some accessories, like a red chiffon “shawl”CIMG4518

A golden and black belt, embellished with a Egyptian scarabé beetle.CIMG4475

I bought a black wig, and cut it in a more appropriate shape, and crafted a headband from some a necklace, some beads and trim.CIMG4374

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And finally, I made a massive Egyptian style beaded necklace.CIMG4400Using a sheer golden organza as a base, and worked the beads on to it in.


And the finished outfit:





And some pictures from the photoshoot we did 4 years ago.DSC_0724