Tigress; Female Tiger; fierce and cruel. As I checked the spelling, I wasn’t surprised by the definition. But the Tigress I have designed a costume for/inspired by is a jealous, beautiful tragic creature, and a victim. The human qualities and emotions bestowed on the animal by Angela Carter are haunting. I also liked the contrast between Tigress (creature) and Mignon (human). Mignon (the design isn’t available at the moment I’m afraid) is treated like an animal for the first two acts, but is later transformed by love. The Tigress demands to be treated as human.
The costume has changed slightly, inspired by this dress from the New York Metropolitan Museum:
I think it was the use of colour that first drew me to this dress, but the silhouette fits the design too. I like the curve of the waist and the over-voluminous sleeve, the shape is very attractive yet natural; an obvoius exaggeration of the normal figure, but not an unhealthy one. I also really enjoyed the result of Candide (conveniently forgetting how stressful it was!) and wanted to produce a made costume again for my portfolio.
Below are some fabrics samples I thought about including in my costume. They are very beautiful and unusual- samples provided by my tutor. I was told that a WOW costume was expected to be experimental in terms of textiles but due to both time and aesthetics ( I had been thorough with my fabric samples sourcing when designing Nights at the Circus) I chose to focus on surface decoration, beading- things which would enhance the siliceous rather than the fabric.
I did want to include some rather expensive feather I brought from a trimmings shop in London, which is why the frills are button on pieces- so that they can be taken off and stored safely/the corset can be washed and ironed. I love the colours! There are many feathers in the trim.