Sunday, March 4, 2012

Turn of the Screw Costume

For Carnegie Mellon's recent production of Turn of the Screw I draped and created this jacket and skirt for the Governess character designed by graduate costume designer Paula Ries.

Construction Details: The jacket and skirt were created from a silver grey silk dupioni and faced with a light blue silk dupioni. The front of the jacket is interlined in canvas to provide structure, while the back pieces are flat lined in cotton. The peplums of the jacket are interlined in crinoline with horsehair along the hem. The edge of the horsehair is also wired with a flexible wire to give the peplum shape. The lapel and collar are pad stitched to give shape. The skirt is flat lined in silk organza to give the silk dupioni body, and the hem has a blue silk dupioni facing with horsehair inside to give shape. 

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  1. What a small world about your mom working at Rockford Plantation! That place is lovely! I had no idea about the reenactment there. I would love to attend but need to see if it all works out. The kids and I would have fun wearing our 18th century costumes there. What fun to be in a fashion show!

  2. Love the lines and shape of this, beautiful. :)