Queen of Witches



Hannah Anson


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Other Credits

Model: Daina Renton, Photographer: Daina Renton

Outline the story …

For my entry, I decided to design an original outfit for Mannon Blackbeak from "The Throne of Glass" book series by Sarah J. Mass, most specifically a look for when she becomes the Queen of Witches (hence the title). I began compiling my moodboard. Mannon's character in the books is first and foremost a warrior, and I wanted to make sure that the final design did not take away from that, but included a facet of becoming a Queen. I took inspiration from her original colour palette in the books, which is black and blood red. I wanted the silhouette to be simple but bold, and encompass who she is without overwhelming her. I also included a "crown made of stars", as described in the book, to compliment her regal outfit. Since Mannon's character is very active, I decided the best way to convey this would be with separates that combine together to create one silhouette.

Outline the construction…

For Mannon, I decided to drape the pattern so that the fit of it flowed together really nicely, and each piece fit well with the other. I already knew going into this that using dupioni, tulle and chiffon would be fun, but what's life without a little challenge? Once I had draped the pattern, I copied it onto paper making any necessary alterations, and then used more cotton to flatline the dupioni. By treating it as one layer for strength, the corseted black gown had some structure. Living in a small village without access to a haberdashery also gave me its own challenges when it came to finding a material stiff enough for the shoulder details. Luckily enough, through experimenting with Worbla, I knew that it could possibly be an alternative to canvas, and it worked better than I thought it would.




  1. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 11, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Hannah, this is so gorgeous. I love how it turned out 😀

    • Avatar Hannah on March 14, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  2. Avatar Alex on March 11, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    The structure of the bodice is amazing and the fabric textures work so well together!

  3. Avatar Rick on March 13, 2021 at 10:10 am

    This is incredible!!!

  4. Avatar Mandy Pursley on March 14, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Beautiful! I love how you kept a Warrior feel with the bodice while still keeping a bit of femininity as queen. Well done!

  5. Avatar Marion Brégier on March 16, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    The shape is amazing, the color blocking is very effective and striking !

  6. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Fantastic work, I can absolutely picture Mannon wearing this, and it is beautifully constructed.

  7. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 24, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Really cool shape! I’d love to see more of it!

  8. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 25, 2021 at 3:50 am

    I love those sharp shoulders and pointy collar, such a great design, so fierce and perfect for a warrior queen!

  9. Avatar Domino on March 25, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Love this! Such a good concept

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