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Monday, December 5, 2011

Costume class-winter term 1/2012

Mid January is the beginning of a 10 week costume painting class I will be teaching. Students have the option of 3 hour or 6 hour back to back poses. Each costume will be a three week pose. I am currently brainstorming ideas for the three costume themes. Jean Leon Gerome's painting of a deadly dual gets the vote for a vintage Peirrot theme.

The Peirrot is a French type of mime... and not to be confused with a joking type of clown in my opinion-Wikipedia describes the Pierrot as:
Pierrot (French pronunciation: [pjεʁo]) is a stock character of pantomime and Commedia dell'Arte whose origins are in the late 17th-century Italian troupe of players performing in Paris and known as the Comédie-Italienne; the name is a hypocorism of Pierre (Peter), via the suffix -ot. His character in postmodern popular culture—in poetry, fiction, the visual arts, as well as works for the stage, screen, and concert hall—is that of the sad clown, pining for love of Columbine, who usually breaks his heart and leaves him for Harlequin.
This costume could be made to fit just about any model, which is also a plus. I have a lot of heavy cream colored real silk satin, which definitely makes for a great drapery study.

We have yet to do any type of high fantasy theme in the costume class-

I was thinking of a LoTR gown, and would love to make a headdress and attach elf ears.

Other ideas include the Belle Epoque glamour of the Edwardian era, as made popular in the new Brit series Downton Abbey

Or, a dapper Regency Riding habit:

Opinions anyone??

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