Author

Amanda Bury

Date of Award

2023

First Advisor

Aimee Michel

Second Advisor

George Veale

Abstract

This thesis documents my year abroad in the city of Plymouth, England and how my time there inspired me to create costumes which combine the historical elements of the Elizabethan era with the fantasy genre of steampunk while maintaining theatrical practicality. I explore the history of Plymouth and the Plymouth Hoe, a key landmark in the city, and analyze a poem from which I base characters that I designed in reference to the poem and location. I discuss how the design process offered many roadblocks when deciding on factors such as the era of fashion and historical accuracy. I present my research on the Elizabethan era and the fashion of the time, on steampunk as a genre, and on theatrical costuming techniques, while going in depth on the construction process of each individual garment. I also include examples of my documentation of the process such as notes and schedules. Finally, I present sketches, renderings and photos from my exhibition in Plymouth as well as my exhibition at Simon’s Rock.

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