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Historical Fantasy Character

Lena Lollis


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Historical Fantasy Character

For my historical fantasy costume, I chose the time period of World War I in France. I imagined a dark, dreary France that has polluted by industrialism. While there are many more jobs, the living conditions of the working class poor are still cramped and dirty. With France’s slow but steady rise into the industrial world, cities are expanding and encroaching on the natural world. France’s beautiful forests are inhabited by long forgotten nymphs, mostly thought to be an old Greek myth. They are, however, real and guardians of the forest that are being destroyed for lumber and more room for humans. With the start of the First World War in 1914, the nymphs have to abandon their beloved homes in the woods in order to survive the human violence that brings new bombs, guns, and chemical gasses into their homes. I was really influenced by the art nouveau movement while designing this costume, since the fabric and draping is very Greek. The fantastical way that gravity seems to work in art nouveau pieces seemed to be perfect for this theme, with the costume swirling around the nymph character, enhancing her Greek mythological background. Art nouveau work also clearly expresses emotion, although usually happy. Here, I utilized the blatant show of terrified emotion to enhance the character’s presence and action.

Fabric:

Plain Weave 56% Tencel/44% Polyester

Lena Lollis


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