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IoBE: Letitia Prism by TehPickle IoBE: Letitia Prism by TehPickle
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 Prism, first name Letitia(I only include this as evidence that I've read the script too much.) She is the stern governess of young Cecily, and as such probably has one of the most futile jobs in the world. Which I guess is probably well deserved, as she left her last gig rather abruptly after misplacing both her three volume novel(of a more than usually revolting sentimental nature), her handbag(with handles), and the baby in her charge.

Prism, I'll admit, was the last design to leap off the drawing board in the black and white stage, and it reflects in the quality of the art(I hate those fingers. Haaaaate.) However, this just meant she was the last to be jotted down on paper, not that she hadn't been given proper consideration beforehand. Prism is the only woman from the working class in the cast, and it shows in her much more subdued silhouette. Once I felt I had something sufficiently stiff and conservative to match her equally well-starched viewpoints, I strayed very little from my research. As such, I expect this little number won't be in storage for too long: it will have a nice long life in AU theatre as a great stock Victorian costume.

Fun Facts:
- Prism was the only fully wigged character. The actor has a nice bob cut, which just didn't have enough length to be workable whatsoever in this period.
- Speaking of wigs, I now have experience in caring for them. We went through two different wigs, and several restylings before realizing the reason the wigs didn't fit was because we were doing the complex styling on the smaller-than-the-actor's-head wigform. So I logged quite a few hours washing, combing, styling, and gray-spraying wigs.
- Prism was one of three actors that required aging makeup.
- Other than 'lots of green', I didn't have much in mind for fabrics on Prism until we went shopping. This was one of those 'I'll know when I see the fabric' sort of deals. ^^'
- This actor went on without a corset. We had one built, but when we tried it on her, there was really nothing to cinch in, and in the end only ADDED girth under her costume, so she got to skip it. I STILL can't believe it.


As always(and especially, as this is real-life stuff here) I love comments and critiques!
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Emmi-Kat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*Lane. I shouldn't type after I've stayed up all night putting together a hat for Lady Bracknell...
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Emmi-Kat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the finished project. I just finished sewing a ruffled collar for our Miss Prism, who will hopefully know her lines by the time our show starts on Thursday.>.<

Oh, and, as Lade (maid, not Butler) I'm going out with uber short hair. :XD:
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Japanimaniac13 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
MISS PRISIMMMMM, WHERE IS THAT BABY!!!

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Ha ha, yes, I do think you'll get quite a lot of use out of this outfit. :)

And RUFFLES!!! <3 As you know, I've been playing Ace Attorney, so I, er, am currently experiencing a rather strong fondness for ruffles, at the moment.

Also, have you seen this, if not-- NNNGHK!: [link]
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TehPickle Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
You would have LOVED our rendition. Bracknell announced 'Prism, where is that baby!' and the lights dimmed, and a spotlight swung around to single her out for interrogation. It was delightfully overdramatic. XD

Ooo, haven't seen that. But I'll have to watch later, I'm in public.
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Japanimaniac13 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
8D IT SOUNDS WONDERFUL!

Tell me when you've watched it-- NNGKH! <3
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TehPickle Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
It WAS wonderful!
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Japanimaniac13 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
I really like that play, it would have been nice to get to see it. :)
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TehPickle Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
It was a good production. I quite enjoyed it. ^^
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