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Best in show was taken as a theme for this worker costume. As matriarch of the Panto we felt that she should have strong links to Doddington the Cow. Even featuring First prize rosettes attached to a Suffragette sash.
Using photographed ‘frill’ detail a larger than life ‘rosette’ dress was realised with a black and white cow print over layer accentuated with yellow wheat straw bunches.
With a turn of the Century Gibson Girl as our muse we piled masses of lilac dressed waves up into a statement hair-do befitting a true Panto Dame.
With a traditional English farmer in smock and bib n brace as a fundamental starting point for this character made it possible for us to play with an idea of using vintage French seed packets from the early 20th Century as a foundation background to give a ‘sack’ cloth feel to this fabric.
The introduction of yellow wheat straw and ‘cow’ print from other family characters creates a feel of connection.
A decoupage felt bowler hat trimmed in seed packets adds an air of respectability and Cow print Dr Martens a sense of fun.
To achieve a look of ‘fallen on hard times’ we created a background fabric of a vintage denim weave which was broken down to reveal a scattering of yellow wheat straw. The theme was carried throughout the costume in various guises sometimes taking the form of a Straw plaid.
Sewn on worn washed and frayed patches taken from other ‘family’ member prints added a sense of ‘make do and mend’.
Playful stripes give a lively frame to the innocence of the character accessorised with a red bandanna, braces and coloured Dr Martens.
A full on floral montage of original Mr Fox flower photographs explode all over this Fifties vintage inspired, full circle petticoated silhouette.
The combination of a circular tartan bustle with a floral twist creates a vibrant feminine figure with a nod to the excesses of the ‘let them eat cake’ century! Pink wig and hosiery give a sugary ‘doll’ quality to this character
Tick-Tock from the Frank Baum OZ books was the inspiration for this character.
Using photographed vintage Meccano to create the oversized check we looked to construct a tailored suit with an exaggerated ‘round’ shape with an emphasis on the waist line to create the illusion of a waxed glossy ‘pinhead’ with tiny black and white brogue styled feet.
The colour clash of vibrant orange and lilac gives the outfit a gregarious splash ‘flashy’ taste.
A ‘buried under the rocks’ with an ‘undead’ feel type of character. Using photographs of real monkey bones we created a ‘pin stripe’ tailoring fabric reminiscent of Lemony Snicket and gave a feeling of 3D depth by introducing cockroaches and Panto Bling.
It was important that Flesh Creep was deformed and grotesque so over his hump we added a curved spine depicted on his shirt back climbing over a honeycomb background with the reflective qualities of a Cadillac car. To emphasis the S shape we added a bustle to create an insect dimension to the silhouette.
The influence of 1950’s B Movie SyFy gave us the idea to create an egg shaped alien head format besplendant in a silent movie marcel wave ‘up do’, with a bald head ‘comb over’ feature.
A yellow chartreuse rhinestone eye patch, stripped, burnt feather fan and solid sky scraper wedge boots, and a white lead makeover complete this ultimate tour de force of camp evil.
Using the Art Nouveau feel of the set design and taking elements of the fluid lines of Hector Guimard architecture as inspiration and the drawings of Alphonse Mucha we created a ‘garden’ print of growing bean shoots in the colour of the beautiful mythical Absinthe fairy.
The allure of stunning eye makeup was captured within the ‘wings’ of detail throughout the overall silhouette.
The oversized bustle enabled the long train to become ‘alive’ to give her an insect , yet graceful quality.
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The Gallery is a selection of garments, prints and set featured in the show
(Craig Leng Photography)
(Fox and Shriek)