Eleanor Harrison

Costume with Textiles BA(Hons)

For my Final Major Project, I have produced costumes for 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' by Lewis Carroll, adapted for stage by Adrian Mitchell.
The key theme within my project is identity. Using individual characteristics to inspire each look, it was important to me to make sure there is a clear difference between Alice and the Wonderland characters. I have designed and made for children’s theatre. I chose to represent the theme of identity to a younger audience through use of colour, shape, pattern, and texture, based on the key attributes of each character.
This led me to research 20th century artists, including Robert Delaunay, Josef Albers, and Bridget Riley, taking inspiration from the bold colour, shape, texture, and scale used, I assigned a different contemporary artist to each of the Wonderland characters. Victorian silhouette is combined with modern influences including Alexander McQueen and Iris Van Herpen to highlight the differences between Alice and the Wonderland characters.
During my placement year I developed my skills and confidence in making costume. A highlight for me was working with the costume team on the CBeebies Christmas show, Thumbelina, which confirmed my passion for a career in costume making.