Each DOLL was meticulously CRAFTED,
using classic PORCELAIN china and dressed in representations OF social normative OUTFITS."
This design series represents the role of dress in "fitting into society".
This display strives to become a part of a greater conversation and investigation of the way people change their external appearances in according to strict social codes. Throughout this array of grotesque historical figures, I explore the way people "blindly" follow the fashion of their era out of fear of "standing out in the crowd"; of being seen as outsiders in their own society. These costumes address the yearning of individuals to be considered as "normal", respectable and acceptable and the crucial role dress has been playing in it throughout history and nowadays.
My inspiration for this project came from research about Victorian Carte De Visite photographs as well as Freak Show posters and photographs. My aim was to design garments that represent the high-society fashion of different eras, while at the same time make the dolls appear strange in the eyes of modern audiences.
Each doll and dress was meticulously crafted by me, using classic porcelain china and antique silks.
Materials: porcelain, resin, silk, silk fibers, fabrics, preserved insects, dry leaves
Dimensions: 50X12X10cm (each doll).
THE VICTORIAN FREAK SHOW
This is a series of costumes for original characters; a group of freak show performers from the late 1870s. Each performer has a background story and inner struggles. My aim was to create designs which are a “second skin” for the characters. In other words, it was important for me to design clothes that look glamorous, but at the same time expose the characters’ day-to-day challenges and difficulties.
The designs refer to the historical silhouette, but take liberties that help one understand the characters better.
Most of my inspiration for the designs came from English 1870's undergarments, music halls and travelling fairs.