Check out the fashion and textile projects inspired by literature of all genres and history itself from the hottest young design creative this week.
In the ninth of our series of ‘Creatives of the Week’ chosen from ARTS THREAD’s graduate portfolios, we take a look at the specialism of fashion/textiles/accessories and highlight the portfolio of Elle Wilson.
Elle Wilson is a graduate of the Performance Costume program at Edinburgh College of Art. One of only a few programs to teach costume making and design, Elle has a fully rounded approach to all the strands the program offers – from millinery and textiles to set design and puppetry. Elle shows a imaginative approach to storytelling, with unexpected twists – being able to create the costumes, styling, puppets, hats and take the photos!
Elle’s graduation project is a photo series inspired by the poem My Last Duchess by Robert Browning. However, it is an updated version in which:
the Duchess becomes a model, forever contained in the photograph and controlled by the duke until he gives commands for her to be murdered. I wanted to suggest the fate of the Duchess in this portrait through the costumes and did so through burning fabric only to then recreate the results through intense hand embroidery.
Elle both designed and styled the costumes, as well as taking the photographs.
The series Dr Trix was
inspired by the teenage sci-fi novel Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, this is a design for the character Dr. Twix, an overbearingly preen and controlling woman with a dark twist.
Costume designed and made by Elle Wilson, photography by Christina Cassa Caro.
Another project pulls on real-life history itself for inspiration:
Considering the Tea Dances of World War Two I devised a dance piece in which six perfromers dance with puppets representing their friends and family that have been lost during the war. This image depicts a mother that has lost her son and thus wears all his old toy cars in his memory. Inspired by two locations, The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and Derelict Church, Lauriston Place.
Costume and puppet designed and made by Elle Wilson, photography by Elle Wilson.