I started looking at costumes in films because costume design has been a passion of mine for a long time and I wanted to do my final project on that. The theme was a series of romantic genre films on their costumes and taken for the inspiration for my sculpture. Taking my two favourite areas of art with fashion and 3D as I love working practically and I had also related my work to romanticism as it had a big element on the final project as it is relevant to the costumes and the films I had researched.

Although when I had written my proposal I had changed my mind on many things throughout the project. I didn’t really do much work on the Time based/IT elements as most of my work was practical and not digital. I had also changed my idea on the two films as I wanted to research more films and different costumes as I thought ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘Gone with the wind’ were quite broad whereas if I had considered more films and their costume designers and the differences with them I could have more inspiration on what I could create which helped a lot in the end. I always had the focus on creating a sculpture and that was never questioned but I wanted to involve fashion into that which was difficult to display because creating a sculpture but also including textiles was hard for me to convey. But from my proposal I had suggested to make a lot of different sculptures and time was a problem but I think if I had done more sculptures they wouldn’t all be at the highest rate of detail than my final sculpture in the end.

I had looked at a range of artists and the costume designers of the favourite films I had chosen. I had used my blog to talk about all my research and record any digital work mainly, researching these artists such as Adrienne Jalbert, Iris Van herpen and Carrie Ann Schumacher and many more, inspired my sculpture work a lot and made me constantly focus on what I can convey on this piece and make sure that each area blends well and relates to the theme. I experimented with many materials and how to manipulate them and I had my mind set on focusing on the colour white as it is a colour that could never look too overwhelming and intense an narrowing it down to one was easier for me. I had manipulated these materials by burning, cutting, folding, wrapping, and weaving just to portray different elements on the dress that could relate to costumes and romanticism. Many techniques that I used were learnt through textiles and 3D, developed through trial and error. I had explored textiles a lot more further as my sculpture surrounded around it with using different fabrics and recycled materials to create something that can represent romance and beauty with such bland colourless materials.

My final piece has consisted of many elements that I have learnt throughout the course. At first, I had focused on the silhouette by creating the shape with wire by tracing the mannequins body and creating hoops for the bottom. I wrapped the skirt in a plastic black netting and then started to look at different materials that I could find in my house or college and asking my peers for anything transparent or some form of white that they didn’t need. This thought process went into a lot of detail with plastic spoons to wool to different shades of white buttons. I knew that I wanted the skirt to be a mesh of different areas that I thought would look good and relate to the films as much as possible and work with different textures and fabrics to show versatility. I worked with many materials with shades of white and transparent materials such as; Bin liners, leather, cotton, wool, paper, plastic, and used a range of techniques to connect to the dramatic, romanticism and beauty of costume in films that are just like that. The message I wanted to convey in this sculpture is that I am passionate about costumes and the stories that they tell, I have worked with many elements in this dress to show that it can speak for itself on what it’s about. I think I was successful in conveying that message because It is a dress as much as it’s a sculpture and I know that I have shown what I am passionate about and expressed my theme in every possible way.

I am happy with my final piece because I have worked hard to achieve what I wanted to from the start of the project and I think that I have explored costume design in a way that has never been done before and used both fashion and sculpture to do that. My favourite parts of the sculpture are the silhouette and the romantic details that I believe express what romance and beauty can look like which shows the sculpture dress has a wedding look to it from the stitched flowers and paper swans, those details are my favourite part of the dress. When it was closer to the end of the project I began to look at what I could improve or what I could have done better, which I think everyone goes through and because of the time frame I didn’t get a chance to make these improvements.

There wasn’t many improvements that I wanted to do, just the weaved bin liners I didn’t like and I think because it was at the front of the dress it was very important and I wish I could have made a better, clean woven area. I think I could have done without some of the plastic materials I used because it didn’t relate much to the films or romanticism at all but I thought using plastic was a good material for everything being white was mainly plastic. Also, I would have wanted to put more relation to each area of the films I had researched but I focused mainly on Gone with the wind and Anna Karenina because it was my favourite kind of costume as it was dramatic and said so much about the story and the character who was wearing it which what I was passionate about from the start.

My Proposal has kept the same in terms of my initial outcome even without the improvements I still had managed to create a sculpture and focus on costume design through films which was my main theme. I think my sculpture dress relates really well to that even though I had looked into different areas in costumes with more films and hadn’t created or associated my final piece around using Time based/IT but I think my proposal steered me into the right direction of what my theme will be and what it will be about and I am glad to have chosen an area in which I admire greatly and I am proud of my final outcome.



Manchester art gallery


Manchester Whitworth Art Gallery


Leigh Penne Baker


Sonia Delaunay


Jacuqeline Durran – Anna Karenina


Walter Plunkett – Gone with the wind


Catherine Martin – The great gatsby


William Travilla – Gentlemen prefer blondes


Marilyn Vance – Pretty Woman


Mona May – Clueless


Adrienne Jalbert


Carrie Ann Schumacher


Susan Freda


Lesley Dill


Sayaka Kajita Ganz


Iris Van herpen


Maison Martin margiela


Matija Cop








Edited Photos

I decided to manipulate my images to see what I could create, I was looking for a relation to romanticism and vintage look to it. I chose each of my favourites and used the filter gallery and played around with the filters until I chose three of each that I admired the most of each image. I really enjoyed manipulating them to see what it would look like my favourite filter to use was the diffuse glow because it made the dress look so pure and radiant much like a wedding dress which I refer to the relation in my sketchbook. The edited photos exaggerate the detail of the shadows and lighting and the materials which make my sculpture look even more as a dramatic costume that clearly shows the inspiration behind  them with the research I have looked at and the films I have mentioned.

My Favourite photos


From my photo shoot I decided on a certain amount of images to print out in A4 and mount a black card so I can present my sculpture in a professional setting. I chose 8 that are different from each shot from different angles to close-ups.  areas that I admired the most on my sculpture which is the neckline with the cut out heart book pages and the train with paper swans. I thought that these areas showed a lot of romance and put the dress sculpture looking more dramatic as a costume. I decided to go with a big skirt that flowed down with a train at the back and a sweetheart neckline with cute ruffles on the shoulders to represent the 1860’s – 1870’s period because Anna Karenina and Gone with the wind where my two biggest inspirations of this sculpture because their costumes have so much depth, detail, romance and beauty which I adore about the films. I explain in more detail the changes I have made to the dress and how it has evolved in many ways with different materials that all associate with being white, innocent, pure and delicate themed.



Contact sheet of Final Piece

Finished with my sculpture I wanted to photograph it so I booked the studio in my college and booked a camera to use which is a Canon EOS 1100D and used one light because of the colour of my sculpture which is white I didn’t want the light too be too much so you couldn’t see the shadows and the detail in the sculpture. I changed the lighting power and its position to get a range of different images to then organise which are my favourite images and then to print them off and mount them to show my sculpture professionally.

Sayaka Kajita Ganz

Sayaka Kajita Ganz is a sculptor who creates sculptures by reusing waste materials in order to create inspired artworks. However, when this passion is supported by a genuine belief in the value of resources, the result cannot be anything less than breathtaking. She was raised under the Japanese philosophy of Shinto where all objects and organisms are believed to have a spirit and a soul. Since an early age,  she was taught that ‘objects that are discarded before their time, weep at night inside the trash bin‘. As she explains, this belief became her inspiration and guidance throughout her art journey, satisfying her constant need to adjust in various environments by creating her own harmony. Ganz collects previously used and discarded objects and with her talent and enthusiasm she transfigured them into animal forms by simply combining plastic residues.

Sayaka is a great inspiration as I involve wast materials into my final sculpture which I think builds character into the art piece which is what she has done. Particularly her all white piece which strongly relates to my sculpture as I am only using transparent/ white materials within my sculpture theme as if I used a lot of different colours I feel that it would look too excessive where as sticking to a colour scheme works well with what your sculpting which is probably what Sayaka had in mind.

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Lesley Dill

Lesley Dill works in sculpture, photography and performance, using a range of techniques in a variety of medias to explore themes of language, body and experiences. Frequently drawing inspiration from literature and poetry, Lesley Dill works with a diverse range of materials and mediums—from cast bronze and sheet metal to horsehair and paper—to explore the symbolic and visual potential of language. She often layers fragments of poetry over the human form, as in many of her sculptures shown in these images emphasizing her belief in the power of body language and silhouettes.

Lesley Dill is a sculpture artist that I had found researching and her sculptures caught my eye because of how captivating they wear and how each sculpture told a different story and they were dramatic and extravagant which inspired my work in the theme of costume design. Even though she only uses different wires and metals and not really working with much material I really admire the silhouettes she creates and how the certain material she uses creates a different shape and visual of the sculpture.

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