Wednesday, 4 November 2015
The Purple Pimpernel
I have posted previously about the design and construction of a costume called Dastardly in Motley, showing how I brought a drawn concept to life.
This is another good example.
I have always liked the cut-away coats of the 1790 and had acquired some purple crush velvet.
This would be inappropriate for an authentic coat, but lead on to the costume concept.
What, I asked myself, would a Goth have worn in 1790?
I decided on black breeches and waistcoat, a black shirt with black and gold lace and a choice of either purple stockings with black shoes, or black stockings under black knee-boots.
I drew this picture
I used black calico for the shirt and stock and black denim for the breeches.
I had some grograin silk for the waistcoat. This had a chequered patterning at one side, which I used on the turn-back lapels. I used black and gold buttons on the coat and waistcoat.
For the presentation, I made myself up white face and used black and purple lipstick. I spray-dyed my hair( long at the time) black with a central purple stripe and accessorised with one black leather glove , a black and gold quizzer mask and a cane.
The pictures are by Paul Holroyd and are used with consent.
It is still quite gratifying how closely the completed costume resembles the concept drawing.
Until next time