Cleo Kerslake

Costume with Textiles BA(Hons)

The Princess Bride is a classic story that most households know of. For my interpretation, I chose to bring it forward to the 1950s with key influences from Dior’s fashion and textiles of the time period. After researching and creating ideas for my characters during our first module, I chose to make costumes for Westley and Buttercup in my Final Major Project. The textiles for both characters involve hand printing and stitching techniques to achieve the desired effects. Buttercup’s skirt was hand painted and printed onto silk that I had previously dyed the base colour of. Westley’s jacket was also hand painted, dot by dot, to create the 1950s-style textiles. Having learnt some skills in breaking down during my placement year, I wanted to incorporate this into Westley’s costume. Breaking down a costume adds background and character to the costume, even if it is subtle. My aim was for Buttercup to clearly show the 1950s silhouette with classic detailing to show my influences. Westley was developed to show input from 1950s textiles and also menswear.