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Aline’s The Snow Queen
Outline the story …
I`ve always been in love with mystic and eerie fantasy. But in the end I wasn’t sure of which character to choose. In my country we had lockdown and that helped me to organize my work. Found a lot of white fabric and wanted to give it use. The first attempt in my mind was Jadis, the white witch, but felt could be more influenced by the film than the book, and that wasn’t the idea. Kept working on commissions until a friend shared “The Snow queen” by Andersen, and liked the idea. This happened at Christmas 2020, for giving you an idea. This costume was made between January 10 to 23, day 24 was the shooting.
I’m inspired about folk mythology and Russian photography artists like Agniezka Osipa. I Think they evoke forest dreamland, the fairytales we were told as children.
I had three different designs, but the challenge was to choose something I haven’t made before. In November I studied about headpiece making, so was very excited to make my own.
The character wears a bear-fur coat, but ethically I didn’t like the idea for my design.
I started doing the accessories first instead of the rest of the costume because I work most in that field and thought it could save time, but maybe it wasn’t the best idea although without them, the costume would look incomplete.
In the pictures the lips are darker because her kisses steal a part of the person that received them.
Outline the construction…
The first was the headpiece, added a mirror because it is the heart of everything in the tale.
Then came the neck corset, added little crystals around the neck as stalactites. Personally, I think the combination with the accessories, gives a sense of authority or importance.
For the corset, I drafted a very sharp shape that gives a dramatic vibe. It’s made of gabardine as strong layer, cotton for the lining and taffeta for fashion. I think when the light hits taffeta it looks a bit like ice. Had some problems with fitting in the waist and Barbara helped me to improve it. Couldn’t solve it completely due to time restrictions.
Thought she had a heart of ice for deleting Kay`s memories. I got pearls to put on the corset waves and ornaments as wind. Maybe I will keep updating the process on my IG account (@ignifera). It doesn’t have a busk because they aren’t sold in my country.
The skirt is made of white Marrakesh creppe (soft and elegant), with a long tail to cause more impression, she is a queen!
The cloak is made of voile and sew and glued over a thousand stars. “The snowflake grew and grew, and finally it turned into a whole woman, dressed in the finest, white gauze that was made up of millions of starlike flakes”. I wish I had time to put more, I bought ten thousand. The shape reminds me of the Edwardian era queen dresses, long and majestic.