This is a 1870s riding habit designed for a character who is an outlaw in the American west in the tail end of the western expansion. Cassidy Hunt is based off of real outlaw Bell Star, who was reported to wear a black velvet riding habit on her bandit escapades.
This habit is not velvet, but a wonderful hand dyed wool, and is lined in reproduction 1870s prairie fabric. The bodice is fully boned with spring steal as is seen in authentic garments of the era.
14th Century Costumes
Recreations of 14th century clothing for historical reenactment. Efforts have been made to make items as historically accurate as possible, using authentic materials and techniques, as well as thoroughly researching extant textiles, manuscript images, and effigies.
Dolls + Miniatures
One of my hobbies is making small scale clothes for dolls. I find working in a small scale is a great way to practice new techniques without using too many materials. The doll I use is a 1:4 scale ball jointed doll.
I like to make vintage and retro clothes because I’ve designed this doll to have a very timeless aesthetic, something that can’t be pinpointed to a specific time and place. All the best things of the past two centuries wrapped up into one 18in package!
Historically based costumes that don’t fit into another section. Although efforts to be as historically accurate as possible are made, there are some exceptions due to client preferences.
Cupid & Psyche
"Stand and face me, my love, and scatter the grace in your eyes" -Sappho
In order to start this collection I had to first choose the subject. I knew I wanted to do costumes for a ballet, but which ballet. I decided to design for an imagined ballet based on the Greek myth of Cupid & Psyche. This myth has the classic theme of forbidden love & lust, with all the trials and tribulations that come with it. Ultimately, the ending is happy, with Cupid & Psyche living on mount olympus together and Psyche be transformed into goddess of the soul.
Originally Cupid is a man, but I chose to make her a woman to tell the story of two women who have fallen in love against all circumstances. In today’s era the concept of forbidden love as a man and a woman is overdone. As a queer woman, I thought this was a story that needed to be told, and wanted to set my art to this story.
Having never made anything as highly specialised as a tutu before, this collection was a huge undertaking that I loved doing. Many months prior were spent researching the different ways of constructing the basic tutu. Many thanks to BalletMet Columbus, Royal Academy of Arts in London, and Akron University theatre department for their valuable assistance. After the basics of tutu construction were figured out I had to decide how to embellish all the costumes. This is my favourite part of designing, figuring out how to make it sparkle! For the feathers on Cupid’s skirt I tried over 10 different foiling & gilding techniques.
50 yards of tulle, 1000 sequins, and 500 rhinestones later and I’ve got a collection that I could not be happier with.
Moodboards & photo layout created in Adobe Illustrator Sketches created in Adobe Photoshop
// DEPART is a mini-collection of two looks that captures the a girly, futuristic vibe. Inspired by Jem and the Holograms, Japanese street-style, and a love for science fiction, //DEPART is a collection for a young, outgoing woman. Pastel purples, iridescent shimmer, and rainbow metallics are the colours of this collection. With the help of photographer T. Lazarus, //DEPART takes on a new narrative in her fashion editorial photographs.
Moodboards, flats, and photo layout created in Adobe Illustrator