A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (2009)
The entire cast pose-thats a lot of tunics!
|An example of the various courtesan costumes produced to echo different personas|
|Tunics galore- generic tunics customised depending on what character is being played.|
|Three versions of Philia's dress (the real one is in the middle)- had to be versatile enough to suit two different women and a man!|
|Philia's dress in all its glory, a renovated eunich robe and X-Factor Contestant Matt Stringer before he was on telly!|
Sweet Charity (2009)
I think I counted over a hundred costumes for a cast of around 20 for this production. It was a lot of work!
|Hand made dresses from original 60s pattern, individually customised in collaboration with the actresses.|
|Rich Man's Frug- so simple yet so effective. God bless Primark|
|Oscar's costume was very mix and match so he could vary it during the various scenes, there was even a knitted tank top!|
|I love costuming hippies- so much freedom and charity shop rummaging. My favourite pieces is the gold coat to the right|
|These were the only hired pieces in the show- brass band jackets are hard to find|
|Party scene= complete change of costume for all, my favourite is the velvet jacket/cravat ensemble, I based it on Bill Nighy in The Boat That Rocked|
My favourite. I was costume consultant on this show as I encouraged everyone to find their own costumes as a way of improving character and making the show look organic. I sourced all the army gear and extra costumes, as well as some of the props.
|Its difficult to see but this top was customised by removing the collar and adding embroidery ad beads to the new neckline.|
|Its amazing what you can find in the MTSoc costume cupboard- I found this hanging around|
|Costumes for Mother and Father, needed a quick change and to still be reckognisable as hippies|
|General hippy outfits, I love how all the cast made such an effort.|
|Luckily our Margaret Mead, Michael, has amazing legs and will fit in most women's clothes.|
|Another prop- a yellow shirt that can be ripped up every night, helped by velcro and double sided tape. Apart from the night our Berger ripped all the buttons off in anger|
|More army costumes, each of these outfits cost less than £10 each thanks to an online army surplus store|
|Claude's shirt should have been tucked in but it was a very quick change. In hindsight I would have had someone backstage to help.|
|Effectiveness of a haircut and a £15 complete Army costume|
A retro-futuristic-space look for this rock and roll musical. Designed everything and produced everything except the female chorus dresses. Also sourced and customised some of the props.
|Luckily our leading man is very small so I could use ladies leather trousers and boots. The effect is pretty aesome though|
|More leather to make Miranda look sexy, accessorised with sparkly tights and thigh high boots|
|"Recovery Team" costumes, these were the most fun to make, my favourite being the maids costume made from an 80s ballgown with big poofy sleeves. Each of their costumes had a large hand-sequinned emblem on the back according to their vocation|
|Gloria goes glam with a tight sequinned dress- trying to find entirely sequinned dresses is pretty difficult!|
|A full cast shot, note the cute 60s dresses and the mens costumes- shorts, cravats, long socks and matching tops complete with "Albatross logo" designed by myself and applied with transfer paper.|
|Cookie the Chef's costumed, basic outfit purchased from Ebay. I then handpainted in all the squares on the trousers and attached silver trim to hat for a space theme|
|This yellow dress was reduced from £21.99 to £2, accessoried with a scarf from Poundland, it still looks supercute. Although it can't be seen here, the beautician outfit had a large hand-sequinned lipstick on the back.|
This year we took on the challenge of putting on a musical in 24 hours. I was in this (and ended up in hospital with concussion!) as well as offering to consult on costumes. Ashamedly I didn't manage to get hold of everyone to check costumes before they went on stage (I was probably sleeping) and so some of the Bohemian costumes are a bit cringeworthy!
|Killer Queen- we were thinking corporate evil slut. A slit was added to the skirt to make it sexier and the boots recycled from Forbidden Planet. The fur coat has been in the costume cupboard for years.|
Here's some other sketches I've done for various shows that are either in the works for the future or that I would like to do.
Hedwig and The Angry Inch
I was approached about us possibly doing this at Imperial, nothing has been confirmed though. I got bored and sketched out some ideas. There is one idea missing which is the "Origin of Love" outfit, blame my camera as it is very old and couldn't pick up any details.
The Wild Party
This has been my baby for many years. Once I get my life sorted out and am living back in London I will be proposing it for Imperial MTSoc. Also included is the set design.
These sketches came from when I was bored at a quiz night (hence the biro). I'd love to do this show, possibly as our 24hour fundraiser production.