This is a design from my recent senior project: designing the costumes for my university's spring production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. I am posting my designs here for the sake of posterity, sharing, and a sort of practice for amassing a portfolio.
This is Miss Cecily Cardew. She has a healthy appetite, goes for long walks, and pays absolutely no attention to her lessons. She is the young ward of Mr. Worthing, and at only just seventeen, you can imagine how silly and idealistic her diary must be. She lives out in the england countryside, and often has little more to do than water her garden and avoid her lessons with Miss Prism.
The idea for Cecily was to make her young, fresh, simple, and a pretty little flower. This resulted in incredible amounts of green, pink, floral lace, bows, and tons of fake flowers pinned into her hair. I got really attached to this design, personally.. She turned out almost exactly as I'd imagined her!
- She was the first costume to finish completion. She sat on a mannequin for weeks, where I could oggle and squee over my first drawing come to life.
- Cecily always took the longest to dress. That is, she had the most layers. Petticoat, corset, green skirt, lace skirt, bodice, apron, bow, ring and bracelet, and finally, shoes with spats to make them more period. Poor girl got covered.
- No bustle required to get that nice poof in the back! The tiered apron was so tightly gathered, we just pulled it to the back and let it do all the work!
- I did her hair! Me! ....It should be noted here that I know NOTHING about hair. I had to learn to work a bobby pin.
- I swear, I didn't tell her to pose like that. Freaky.
As always(and especially, as this is real-life stuff here) I love comments and critiques!