Saturday, 25 May 2013
Hell Hath No Fury (like a woman with a broken sewing machine meeting a deadline for a costume).
The museum purchased a basic 'steampunk' jacket and skirt, and a real Victorian hat. It was my job to embellish each item to create a costume suitable for a wealthy-and-trying-but-failing-to-look-respectable brothel keeper called Fanny LeFevre! I then got to play the part too- one of my best roles ever...hmmm....
My alterations involved retailoring the waist on the jacket to fit my corsetted measurements, adding several layers of skirt, a bustle, a ruffle (of Which We Do Not Speak- it nearly killed me, along with my poor little sewing machine), an impressive train and a large quantity of bows, lace and bobbly braiding.
Because the v-neckline of the jacket was wrong for our date I inserted a false 'bib' under the collar to look like the top of a blouse. The mismatched brooch you can see on my left shoulder was a clue; it had to stand out.
The hat, though authentic, was too plain for my character, so I added copious amounts of - well, whatever was in my cupboards that looked right. The museum happened to be given some red leather kid gloves too, so I snaffled those, and the finishing touch was of course, my crystal-topped cane, created for Marie Lloyd and banged on the floor to great dramatic effect as Fanny LeFevre.
Due to lighting levels, the photos don't show the details clearly- but they do pick up on the atmosphere and the character!
It looks like we'll be doing another Murder Mystery next year- I wonder if I can persuade them to invite Queen Victoria?!!
And in case you're wondering 'whodunnit'...well, with a profile like the one in the photo? Of course, it was me!