Happy Bastille Day, one and all! On this day in 1789, a group of Parisians stormed the Bastille – a prison that symbolizing the arbitrary, but absolute, power of Louis XVI – and started a revolution in which fashion played a major role. Due to its inextricable link with political ardor, dress became a significant factor in the provoking and propagating the cycles of Revolutionary and counter-Revolutionary violence.
Spirited Away: Recreating ChihiroCosplay, Costume Construction
In the years since completing the NCC course, it’s become increasingly apparent that I won’t get around to making things for myself. Just as well, then, that I have lovely friends like Becca who come to me with projects – first a Tinkerbell tutu, and now recreating anime character Chihiro from the film Spirited Away
Shoes, Laws, & Ladies (Part Two)Costume History, Fashion History
Right, where were we? Oh yes, the implicit sexuality of not being able to walk properly in pianelle.
Shoes, Laws, & LadiesCostume History, Fashion History
It’s January. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s a long time til summer. What’s a girl to do? Distract herself with SHOES, of course!
More specifically, distract herself with the social, moral, and sexual implications of the Renaissance mother-of-all-shoes, the pianelle. BEHOLD:
Christmas at Northern BalletCostume Construction
Big news! I got my first paid gig with Northern Ballet in Leeds earlier this month. I checked their website on a whim, saw they were recruiting freelance costume makers for two weeks in December, sent an email, and lo and behold there I was the following Monday morning. Eeeeeee!!!