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Now that my graduate show is over, I can take the time to explain my year-long project! There's no better way to explain this than by using the boards I made as part of my submission report. Let's begin!
My collection started off early in the year based primarily on Neil Gaiman's Stardust- both the graphic novel and the 2007 film.
My original designs were for the 3 main females and the 3 main males but as the year went on (and my teacher grew more and more concerned) I ended up with 3 main females and 1 male.
(Work by my ever talented friend Lilly Higgs)
The fabric/colour board
And they were no longer from Gaiman's world but archetypal characters.
The Heroine & The Rascal
The Heroine (dubbed Stardusted Girl) was inspired by Yvaine and I wanted her to look as if she'd been dressed in a piece of the night sky. Her dress features 11 hand-beaded accurate constellations:
Andromeda, Ara, Columba, Corona Australis, Corona Borealis, Cygnus, Libra, Monoceros, Phoenix & Virgo.
I chose constellations I thought reflected Yvaine's character and a general good female character- strength & a regal demeanour.
The Rascal (dubbed Tristran di Auditore of Mayfair) was an amalgamation of not only 3 Gaiman characters (Tristran, Septimus & Cpt. Shakespeare) but also Daniel of Mayfair (Amnesia: The Dark Descent) and Ezio di Auditore (Assassin's Creed).
He had to embody the good, the bad and the chaotic neutral all in one: the capacity for great good as well as frightening evil. A Devil-may-care, lackadaisical attitude with a hint of self-doubt and a burning hunger for adventure (and maybe trouble!)
The Villainess & The Gypsy
The Villainess (dubbed Assassina) began as Gaiman's Lamia, the witch after Yvaine's heart. I wanted her to be just as seductive and glamorous as she was powerful and sleek. I thought of the assassinas in the Brotherhood game, whose beauty is hidden beneath a hood and a sharp array of weaponry.
The Gypsy (dubbed Alegria or 'Neither Here Nor There' as my teacher called her) based on Gaiman's Lady Una, she is the sassy yet regal gypsy-cum-lost-princess chained to her captor's caravan in the Faerie Market. She had to look carefree and passionate, with a bit of sass like the courtesans from the Assassin's Creed II & Brotherhood series.
Her additional nickname 'Alegria' came from my talented friend Siera lending me the heavy petticoat from her Cirque du Soleil 'Alegria' cosplay of The White Singer.
I hope any of this post made actual sense and helped to explain the characters behind my collection. I still have yet to shoot this collection in a studio setting which will then capture the details worked into each garment.
Thank you for reading!