Hey Tolu

Hey Tolu

Costumes for the short-film “Hey Tolu”, directed by Alex Stockton.

Designed in Winter 2012, for “Stories Growing Films” at Dartmouth College.

In “Hey Tolu”, a college student, Ade, struggles with his schoolwork and his familial ties; his brother Tolu was injured during a car accident and Ade feels as though it was his fault.

The costumes were challenging to manage. As a student-run organisation, Stories Growing Films had limited funding, meaning that the costumes we actually purchased did not exactly match my initial designs; rather we hunted until we found something that was similar or had the same effect. My initial sketches can be downloaded here (NOTE: the scene with the scholar’s outfit was cut out of the final movie):

Hey Tolu Costumes

You can watch the movie here.

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Ade and Tolu

Ashley

Ade - Final Scene

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My New Sister

My New Sister

Costumes for the short-film “My New Sister”, directed by Cooper Stimson.

Designed in Summer 2012, for “Stories Growing Films” at Dartmouth College.

Because of the extremely tight budget for this movie, I decided on foregoing the route of designing and drawing the costumes first and then purchasing things to match my vision. Instead, once we had a concept in mind, the director and I headed to cheap, nearby clothing stores and put together the outfits at the store.

Our main theme was colour-driven: bold basic colours for our main characters, set against a bright yellow background. The simplistic palette aimed to capture a feeling of whimsy and playfulness.

You can watch “My New Sister” here.

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Drew

Dorsia and Drew

Dutchman

Dutchman

Codex Vaticano

Costumes for the play “Dutchman” by Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka).

Designed in Fall 2011, for THEA 48: “Costume Design”, taught by Laurie Churba Kohn

Leroi Jones’ “Dutchman” has a very primal, bloodthirsty feel. I decided to theme the 60’s-era costumes on an Aztec sacrifice. I used the six-colour palette of the Aztec codices (black, white, yellow, green, light blue and red) and motifs from the codices, sculptures and modern Nahua clothing to create an atmosphere that’s more subdued at the start, only to descend into violent chaos at the end of the play.

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Dutchman - Lula

Dutchman - Clay

Dutchman - crowd

Image from the Codex Vaticano courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library.
Van Gogh-Monet Fashion Project

Van Gogh-Monet Fashion Project

Gare Saint-Lazare by Claude Monet  Champ de Ble aux Corbeaux

A fashion collection attempting to translate Van Gogh’s “Champ de blé aux corbeaux” and one of Monet’s “Gare Saint-Lazare” paintings onto fabric.

Designed in Fall 2011, for THEA 48: “Costume Design”, taught by Laurie Churba Kohn

In this fashion-line, I tried to combine the air, light and space from the Monet painting with the intense colours and emotion present in the Van Gogh. Both artists use the technique of allowing short single-colour strokes to merge into a large complex-coloured image: I tried emulating this motif using perforations, glittery fabrics, layered fabrics, sequins and colour. Additionally, with the evening wear and the day-wear, I wanted to create designs that were flattering to larger, more “normal-sized” women.

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Evening Wear

Evening Gown

Club-wear

Casual Wear

Images of paintings courtesy of Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Claude_Monet_004.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:A_Vincent_Van_Gogh.jpg