Dangerous Liaisons For my final major project, I decided to focus of the novel Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, particularly the character Marquise de Merteuil. This character is a highly sophisticated, aristocratic widow who takes her place as part of the aristocracy in Parisian society during 1760. She uses her clothing as a way of depicting her power, wealth, and sexuality. My main area of focus, throughout the project was to translate these characteristics on to a traditional sac-back dress incorporating baroque style motifs. Much of the decisions made for the application and style of the final textiles were made through experimentation. I am so pleased with the outcome of the costume, in particular the hand-painted sections featured on the front panels and the back panels. This method was highly challenging and time consuming however it was the most effective method in my opinion. I am particularly interested in the design and application of textile motifs and the design aspect of the costume industry. This was aided within my placement year where I spent an extended period completing freelance design work with different applications for a range of clients.