Weena by Scott

I’ve always been fascinated with “Antique Futurism”, or “Steampunk” as it popularly goes by. The writings of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells heavily influence the look and feel of Steampunk culture – steam-powered machines, mahogany wood, brass fittings, gears and cogs, and Victorian clothing. Weena is one of the Eloi from H.G. Wells, “The Time Machine”. In the story, the Time Traveler plans to bring the childlike Weena back with him to his own time but is unsuccessful; the costume I envision is how she would be dressed had he succeeded and she continued journeying with him. Starting at the feet are a pair of leather Victorian boots with a myriad of buckles and grommets. The Victorian-inspired under-dress with the high collar would be fitted throughout the body except the arms; these would be puffy and gather at the elbows before ending in lace cuffs. The gathered over-dress would be in a dark contrasting color to the under-dress, with more buckles and leather straps similar to the boots. The corset would be similar to Cinderella’s; almost entirely beaded but with Steampunk accents. A leather short vest and a pair of brass, glass and wood goggles finish the costume.

Hera by Scott

Hera was the goddess of all women and of marriage, and is referred to as “the queen of heaven” in many myths. However, she is also portrayed as proud and jealous of her husband Zeus’s many infidelities, making her appear cold and aloof. Sacred animals for the goddess were the cow (for fertility and motherhood) and the peacock (for pride). I chose to represent Hera in a costume depicting several of these symbols in a new way. She is often shown with peacock feathers throughout art history. The idea of a peacock-themed dress has been done in both art history and modern fashion. I was fascinated with the possibility of a beaded peacock gown (similar to the Alice over-dress or Cinderella’s gown); so, I chose an albino peacock – beautiful, but even more exotic than its more colorful counterpart and calling to mind the overt frigidity Hera showed any who displeased her. I adapted the peacock’s crown plumage into a metal headdress for the goddess - similar to a Trojan helmet – accenting her vengeful nature. The over-dress is sublimation dyed; colored to represent the heavens with a gradual movement from lighter colors towards the dark, starry sky.

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