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.
- 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!