Wednesday, 8 July 2015
My House Looks Like An Explosion In A Yorkshire Cotton Mill
This year's offering is The Jungle Book.
As I mentioned once before, we are using the Indian setting of the play to inform the costume design. I am borrowing heavily and unashamedly from an American production by the Goodman Theatre, whose costume designer is a genius.
Each costume is based on Indian traditional garb, such as the churidar and sherwani, the salwar kameez and the kurta. For the bear I am venturing into Tibetan styles such as the chuba, but to be honest, the finished products are often looking anything but Indian :-)
This is my Chief Monkey. He is based on a rastafarian orangutan, which of course is geographically completely incorrect, but I loved the fabric so much I decided to overlook the anomaly.
This is Akela, the alpha wolf. I am struggling with his collar and have actually unravelled this and started again with more shaping....
Mother wolf : She also has light grey harem pants. I'm still trying to decide whether she gets a shaggy collar.
This is for the tiger, Shere Khan. He is the maharajah of the jungle.
There are also assorted monkeys and wolves and I'm working on the fat suit for the bear at the moment. There are two and a half weeks to go, so no pressure hahahahaha.
Meanwhile, I am painting sets for The Mikado. This is my cherry blossom, although I think from a distance, I'm going to need more blossom!