As well as designing for the set we also had to design for six characters from the Seven Acts of Mercy. We had to choose 3 characters from Naples and 3 from Liverpool. The characters I chose were for Naples, Caravaggio, Lavinia and Marchese, and for Liverpool I chose Mickey, Leon and Razor. I wanted to get a mix of styles for my designs which is why I chose very different characters for Liverpool.
In order to create my designs I used photoshop using a sketch pad linked to my computer. This was my first time using a sketch pad like that and I found it really easy to use. My favourite costume design out of all the characters was Lavinia. I decided to use real images of models and draw on top of the image, I think this added an interesting quality as it also shows how the model would wear the costume/design.
This is my design for Lavinia, I took most of my inspiration for this character from the painting "The Seven Acts of Mercy" looking at the section depicting - "Visit the imprisoned and feed the hungry''. This section is my main inspiration as the play states that for this section Lavinia was the model which is why I have designed the costume which the shirt/corset undone showing her breast. I also decided to do a layered skirt, the top layer having been ripped a bit which is why the under skirt is showing.
For some of the other designs I didn't use a photo and just did a sketch. In my images I didn't completely fill the sketches with colour and just did basic lines. This isn't how I image the costumes these are just to show the basic colour and still allow the viewer to see the sketches lines.
For the Liverpool characters I decided to do modern clothing sticking with a suit for Razor so that he looked sharp however I also depicted the costume with the blood on it for later scenes in the bolthole.
For Leon and Mickey I wanted to stick to simple clothing opting for Jeans and an Everton hoodie for Mickey. I wanted these clothes to be baggy so that they look like they don't fit him well. For Leon I wanted to look into clothing that is typical of his age such as a polo golfing shirt and a cardigan. I looked into popular and common designs and the diamond design came up the most.
Finally for Caravaggio and Marchese I looked into images of the characters and designed my costumes based on images of the historical figures.