Done for my Costume Design class, Spring 2007-2008
Watercolors and inkFor our final, we were able to pick a script to analyze and design for - I choose to do Goethe's Faust, because I'm crazy like that. And, I originally choose to do it in a steampunk style, but I didn't want to do crazy robotic arms and whatnot, so it wound up being stylized Victorian/fantasy moreso than anything.
In the beginning of the play, Faust is trying to summon and tame a spirit. What he winds up summoning terrifies him to no end, and it is only tagged as "spirit" in the text, and later is described as a "spirit of fire" that is "what wove the fabric with which God created life".
Taking those two metaphors into it, I believe that the spirit would be best portrayed not as a ball of light or something like that, but as a woman of flames. Her hair wraps up like flames, her cloak is in varied shades of dyed sheers that is tattered like flames.
She is wearing a corset to emphasize the bust and the waist, and a bustle type swag on the hips - this was in mimic of ancient fetishes of the creator goddess, with a larger bust and very large hips.
In order to make her even more dramatic on stage, she is on stilts that raise her up another foot and a half, so she just towers over Faust. Also, her bright colors are in direct contrast with Faust's more muted pallet, so she'd stand out even more.Oddly enough, it was the best play I have read or seen in my 3+ years in a Theatre program, probably because it's so wholly unpractical to put on - it was written to be read, not performed, I'm certain.Faust Designs:
- Faust (sketch)
- Spirit of Fire
- Demon Mephisto
- Mephisto Traveling
- Evil Spirit in the Church
Feel free to use the design on your own OC designs if you want - just shoot me a link when it's done, and I'd appreciate a credit in the description, too...
Design (c) Samantha Lemieux 2008