Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Adaptation B: Lady Life in Death Dress Designs

For Lady Life in Death's dress design, a ghostly woman who sails a ghost-like ship across the ocean with her ship mate Death, I originally decided to look at some 18th Century dresses which was the century in which the poem was written, and continued to tear apart and wear out these dresses to suit her more deathly and ghost-like character. I aim to develop these dresses so that they will fit to her description within the poem. Out of these designs I quite like 2, 3 and 5.

"Are those her ribs through which the Sun
Did peer, as through a grate?
And is that Woman all her crew?
Is that a DEATH? and are there two?
Is DEATH that woman's mate?

Her lips were red, her looks were free,
Her locks were yellow as gold:
Her skin was as white as leprosy,
The Nightmare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she,
Who thicks man's blood with cold."

1 comment:

  1. Hi Danielle, looking interesting so far.

    If it helps, these dresses might be a little modern. Georgian-period dresses were big silky things with lots of layers. If it helps your investigation this was the century of the French Revolution, Marie Antionette and the great balls of Versailles, when the aristocracy as at its most lavish. Everyone wanted to dress like the French.


    It could be she wears the remnants of a once massive dress, maybe there are fragments of what it was, maybe she only wears the overcoat or the undercoat.

    But I like the direction in 5. The skull/head motif on 3 might be a little too contemporary Goth if you want the animation to feel like it's the 18th century.