Saturday, 26 January 2013

Vivienne Westwood - Rebranding The English National Ballet

Take a look at these stunning photographs by Guy Farrow for the rebranding of the English National Ballet, styled by Vivienne Westwood - a true fusion of traditional and modern:

Pretty Intense, featuring Marize Fumero

Looks Like a Doll, Dances Like a Demon, featuring Kerry Birkett

Like Humans, But More Graceful, with (left to right), Jennie Harrington, Sayako Tomiyoshi, Daniel Kraus, Stina Quagebeur, Ksenia Ovsyanick and Laurent Liotardo

And a behind-the-scenes video...

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Tudor Costume - Initial Research at the V&A

I am currently working on a Tudor woman's costume for the Much Hadham Forge Museum. Here's the image of the woman I am basing it on, from a wall painting at the museum:

Photo by David Calvert, copyright Much Hadham Forge Museum
To get a better understanding of the construction of dresses c.1570s, I visited the V&A Museum. Using the British Galleries (1400-1600) and the Hollywood Costume exhibition I collected information to answer the questions I had - What did the back of the dress look like? Was it made of a seperate bodice and skirt? Or a coat-like gown over a bodice and under-skirt? What kind of fabrics and sewing techniques were used? And how about colours?

Here are scans of my sketchbook pages:

To learn more about the incredible wall paintings that are inspiring this Tudor costume, you can visit the Much Hadham Forge Museum in Hertfordshire: www.hadhammuseum.org.uk