Charlotte’S Web

My first job as a Costume Designer started with the production of Charlottes Web by the Rose Youth Theatre in January 2018. For the Youth Theatre productions there are six groups of 20 pupils all playing the same characters. This means that in order to dress 120 pupils I had to be very organised and resourceful to make it work with the budget that was available. I made a lot of the costumes myself as there was no other way of creating the clear vision that I had. By making a lot of the costumes I could also work out ways of fitting multiple children in the same costume and created costumes that were adaptable for our needs.

I was inspired by the characters in Wes Andersons “Fantastic Mr Fox” and wanted to incorporate the autumnal colour ways he used in his animation into my own work. I also did not want to take a fully literal approach to creating the animals. Instead I used simple additions of tails and ears to everyday clothing which aided the actors with their animal like movements. I often thought about what the human equivalent of the animals would be, and this was then reflected in the final costume designs. For the rat I would see him as a thief that was also rather suave and nibble, for Wilber the pig I imagined him as a toddler due to his naivety, and also Charlotte the spider, the acrobat with a sense of mystery about her. The design for the geese were one of my favourites because of the male and female versions that needed to work in unison. For this design I used different cuts and layers to differenciate their genders whilst keeping to the orange and white colour-ways throughout.

Photography By: Simon Adrians – Tangle Photography (uk)

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