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.
Using this well known portrait from the 15th century, of the “original” Dracula – Count Dracul, as inspiration.
I drew a design sketch, and got to work.
I 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.
He did whoever get a big furry cape and lots and lots of lace frills.
Fighting with the always unfortat mr Jonathan Harker.
The servant “Reinfied” is a dark, crazy and creapy caracter.
Dressed in torn clothes, dirt and spiderweb.
The caracter of “Illusion” is only real in Reinfields head and tells him to do a lot of crazy things.
The ladys Nina and Lucy.
“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.
The last show I got to work on from a costume point of view, was the “Angels in America” last fall.
We made and altered lots of clothes for the 8 actors who did the 20 (or so) caracters.
The head angels dress, inspired by the angels in lots of famous statues.
The other angels are dressed in these grey doctor coats.
A winter jacket with faux fur.
It is said that every minute some one, some where, is playing Shakespeares Hamlet. Whether it’s true or not, I have no idea. But it is once again playing at our local theatre.
When I first began working at the costume atelier 1,5 years ago, the seamstresses were in hurry to finish the clothing for the new Hamlet ensamble. So luckely I was able to take part in the sewing of the reneissance costumes.
I did a lot of collars, pants and shirts for the caracters.
And yesterday they played the final one. So now it will rest untill someone feels the need to resurect it again.
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.
Cut stripes sewn to black satin as making of a fabric that later would turn into a pair of 16th Century breeches.
Making of a 16th Century neck-ruffle (my speciality by now).
A newly draped collar for a 17th century colonaire.
A plastic arm that will become “The Thing”.
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.
Reedy for shipment to the Theatre.
Laurel and Hardy waiting for their costume fittings. Their 4 friends will drop by later for their fittngs.
This 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.