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This is a super easy and creative process, a technique I’ve later passed on to some Fashion and Clothing student’s I have been working alongside. I would encourage anyone interested in fairy costumes to test out this skill even as just a practice to thrash out ideas.
As can be seen in my design ideas there’s two different types of fairies, there is your stereotypical “Tinkerbelle” fairy- sweet and enchanting. Others take a more gremlin/ wicked form, this discrepancy highlights the double dealing persona of the fairies character. Much as in the mermaids in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” the fairies have an ulterior motive, having a beautiful exterior they allure their victims then bite them!

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As can be seen in some of my designs the wings are a key component in the flower fairies costume. Heavy inspired by the Victoria secrete catwalk show, they’re exquisite yet complicated. I look forward to posting the process of making these complex wings. In the mean time please watch the show through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ObpZ3dozg; the wings are magnificent, mesmerising and imposing well worth a watch!

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I hadn’t realised how much id neglected this tackk, it does however mean I’m really excited to have so much to share now. Soooooo, I’m very pleased to have completed all of my final designs for this project along with my front and back technical plates. I’ve also made a good start on my costume but in all honestly I’m feeling the pressure. After a discussion today with my tutor I’ve learnt I’ve effectively 5 weeks to complete my degree! I’m trying my upmost not to be consumed by this knowledge. But trying and succeeding are two very different things.
I could mope around... but I’m not going to, I’ll keep trying till the bitter end, literally. My plan was to have everything completed with plenty of time to spare. I should have realised that this was a completely ridiculous idea- I’ll be sewing in the car on my way to hand in! Emma if your reading this, this is a lie, everything is already done!
Anyway back to my work, what I particularly love about the film labyrinth are the puppets, there simply bursting with character, which is no surprise considering they were created by the famous puppeteer Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets). What I find particularly interesting is throughout my research I’d been looking at the fantasy illustrator Brain Froud for inspiration, his work is heavy stylised and characterised, this combined with the intensity and atmospheric colours used within his art meant I wouldn’t place him as a children’s illustrator. Yet to my surprise labyrinth was actually inspired by his conceptual designs, and so my research for this project wasn’t alternative by any measure.

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Now I understand that the purpose of this project is to come up with my own ideas and concepts, but in reality I love Hoggle and the cheeky goblins that both Froud and Henson created. Therefore, it was and is my intention to take inspiration from the original film and updated them to fit in with my modern interpretation. I hope you can see this in the images I’ve presented to you; I’ve tried to give my goblins a different edge. I’d like to think that these designs stand there own, neither Hoggle nor the goblins were copied from the original, instead there sympathetic and reflective of most people’s preconception of the film. However, my designs are brighter and bolder; making them in my opinion more child friendly. I remember been scared of the goblins as a child but I think what I’ve produced works better with the playful nature of the film.
The dress of these characters in my opinion is more considered, they’ve been carefully designed to convey personality. They reflect the seven dwarfs from Snow White, in the respected there more characterised, I think this individuality makes them more interesting as a whole rather than the globins uniform style from the original. Each character has their own dress, distinguishing them from one another. Yet they’ve been designed with unity in mind and therefore similar fabric and colour choices have been used.
William Morris’s prints have been used throughout, when I saw his calendar I instantly thought his prints were the perfect balance of bold colours and thought provoking pattern. Much like Froud’s work they were atmospheric with a hint of danger, an emotion which perfect depicts my intentions for these characters. The flowers within his designs make the perfect connection to the flower fairy’s and to Sarah’s ball gown dress, yet the contrast in colour pallets differentiates these characters and scenes effortlessly.
I wanted to try a more unusual way of designing my plates, as I think this would visually make my ideas more interesting, whilst the unusual nature of the design would be more reflective of the film itself. Because of this I chose collage as my method of design, partly because it’s a brilliant way of putting across colour and pattern. Now there’s usually, in my opinion two ways in which people work with collage. One way would be to cut small squares out in your colours from different sources and bunch them all together, another would be to cut out individual items and stick them together to make an entirely new outfit. In all honestly I think this methods are very school/college standard; and so I tried to make my work a little different.
I’d begin by making a line drawing of my plate, once the drawing was complete I’d colour the sections I didn’t intend to collage, such as the face and hands. Once I’d chosen the papers I wanted for my college, id cut into my line drawing and cover each section in my individual papers of choice. I find it best to cut out and cover each section one at a time; otherwise the whole process can get confusing. Afterward I would collage the pieces back together creating in my opinion a more interesting and considered design plate.
Over all, I love these design plates, and think they perfectly depict everything I was trying to convey within this production. As well as been full of character there visually stimulating, and none the same as the other.

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It wasn’t a difficult choice choosing which costume I wanted to make, for me one plate stood out from the rest and that was the flower fairy dress I’ve just posted above. In my opinion it’s the most over the top and memorable design I’ve thought up. I think I would really enjoy making this costume, however there’s a lot of work that needs to go into this dress. The basic structure shouldn’t take too long, but having no experience in mask making will make this part of the construction time consuming; and will definitely serve as a challenge. The construction of the petals should look delicate and effortless, but they’ll need to be heavily worked into; in order to really capture the intricacy and fragility of a petal. If done effectively the costume should look like a dress made of petals dusted in glitter, giving a believable look to the dress over all feel of the movie.