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Draping and Stitching

Based on an example in Patterns of Fashion, this ensemble includes a combination of theatrical construction conventions, and couture hand-sewing techniques.

Completed from home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

18th Century dress with petticoat
18th Century dress with petticoat

Collaboration with Orla Long as part of MFA coursework.

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Pattern matching and pleating on bodice exterior
Pattern matching and pleating on bodice exterior

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Polonaise style draping of overskirt
Polonaise style draping of overskirt

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18th Century dress with petticoat
18th Century dress with petticoat

Collaboration with Orla Long as part of MFA coursework.

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Costume Crafts

I was a Costume Crafts Maker for the Nymph sister characters in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Rusalka, designed by Mara Blumenfeld. I assisted in the process with construction, alterations, and finishing of the sets of panniers and hoops. 

Nymphs Hoop and Pannier Construction
Nymphs Hoop and Pannier Construction

Metropolitan Opera - RUSALKA / Costume Design by Mara Blumenfeld / Supervisor Amanda Rodd / Photo from Metropolitan Opera Instagram

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Forming the Structure
Forming the Structure

Nylon rods cut and shaped to pattern using a heat gun, and encased in leather piping.

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Nymph Panniers
Nymph Panniers

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Nymphs Hoop and Pannier Construction
Nymphs Hoop and Pannier Construction

Metropolitan Opera - RUSALKA / Costume Design by Mara Blumenfeld / Supervisor Amanda Rodd / Photo from Metropolitan Opera Instagram

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Headpiece Construction
Headpiece Construction

Metropolitan Opera - COSI FAN TUTTI / Costume Design by Laura Hopkins / Supervisor Janet Linville

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Framework
Framework

Steel wire framework wrapped with maline and covered with nylon net.

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Attaching to Hat Base
Attaching to Hat Base

Fosshape support to wire frame, connected to felt cap base with stretched brocade covering

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Headpiece Construction
Headpiece Construction

Metropolitan Opera - COSI FAN TUTTI / Costume Design by Laura Hopkins / Supervisor Janet Linville

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Millinery

I constructed this headpiece for the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Cosi Fan Tutti, designed by Laura Hopkins, as a Costumemaker in the Crafts and Millinery shop.