This page is a display of both my senior fashion collection, titled “Welcome to the Tea Party,” and selected work from my Advanced Costume Design class, taught by Bambi Breakstone.
For my senior fashion collection I have developed “Welcome to the Tea Party,” a lighthearted story about women enjoying afternoon tea. Because my work stems from my own relationships and memories, this fun story is a way to make the collection more accessible to viewers while remaining true to my inspiration. Each of these characters are inspired by a specific woman in my own life, as well as the atmosphere one experiences when they go to tea.
The Story: The stressed business woman, overly affectionate kindergarten teacher, geeky book worm, and mischievous wild child gather at the table for afternoon tea. Together they enjoy bite size treats, hot English Breakfast with sugar cubes and cream, and colorful banter. Tea time allows them to escape reality and enjoy a comforting atmosphere layered with soothing music, fun floral patterns, and LOTS of doilies. The business women has the hardest time escaping her demanding work life and her constantly buzzing phone, so the wild child decides to help her “relax a bit.” With the book worm’s help, the wild child slyly slips some gin into the business woman’s tea. Thanks to the book worm’s chatter about her latest read, and the kindergarten teacher’s ability to shed both happy and sad tears as they reminisce, the business woman hardly notices anything has happened to her tea at all. When tea time is over, everyone leaves with even more memories and feelings of excitement for the next time they are able to return.
In Advanced Costume Design we have been working on understanding the many parts of designing a film through our two reboot projects. Our process has included casting, remounting stories, set design, research, and design. “The Lady Vanished (1938)” is the first reboot we did this semester. My rendition is a murder mystery involving Nazi’s, government officials, and a budding romance. The time period of this film is 1938 and mostly takes place on a train. The second reboot of the semester is based on the film “Forbidden Planet (1956).” This futuristic film allows us to have a bit more experimentation with our designs, making research an extremely important part of the design process. I have chosen to keep the storyline of this film quite similar, but chose to change the environment of the forbidden planet. The unknown world is now underwater, which allows for me to really explore different costume scenarios than the original film. Casting is also very different in my rendition, including people of different nationalities and genders to reflect what I think a future space crew would look like. (Please see above for character descriptions, casting, and illustrations)