Today is the day that I handed in my dissertation (3 days before deadline may I add*smug face*). Two and a half years ago, when I started uni, I was dreading having to even write a 2000 word essay, so you could not possibly imagine how I felt having to write a 5000 word dissertation! (I know that’s not a lot compared to most but it is a lot for me). But I did it… I BLOODY DID IT!!!!!
Another brief that i have is a work related project, this will be a live project at Preston Hall, a victorian themed museum that has a working street. I have been asked to make a costume for ether a working person for one of the shops or a person passing through. This costume must be historically accurate and of a professional standard because it will hopefully be used on key days during the summer and used for a photo shoot, so will be seen by the public.
There were many types of costumes to chose from such as a toy maker, blacksmith, police officer, tea lady and many more. Because i am making a Mrs. Lovett costume for my personal project i have decided to make a barber costume for this one. This will mean that they will look great together when fished and shown in the end of year show.
I am yet to find a image that i am happy with for the barber costume, so i have decided to mix a few images together to create a costume that i like, and is still historically accurate. This will consist of a white winged collar shirt, waistcoat and high waisted trousers.
As the first brief of my second year at CCAD, i was able to learn the skills to make hats! I was able to choose my own theme, which ended up being Steampunk. I love this style and appreciate all the effort that goes into making the clothing and accessories.
The first hat that i chose to recreate is this fascinator.
This was blocked with buckram and then covered with ice wool. Over this brown, cream and burgundy chevron material. The lining is brown and has a kiss comb attached to it, this is so the fascinator is secure on the wearers head.
I feel like the decoration on the hat is very similar to the original. I made the feather mount, this includes the bleaching of the peacock feather, making the pom and also trimming the feathers. All the other decorations, like the pocket watch which was bought at camden market, the vintage grouse foot brooch was bought here and the flower here. I did have to spray paint the flower a off white, from yellow, but i am happy with the finished look.