Costume designer and maker from Hong Kong, and currently based in London.
Design Instagram: charmainehung.designs
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Project Title: VII
This project is based on The Seven Deadly Sins, I focused on two sins: Pride and Lust. I represented them in a modern approach to raise the awareness of the sins in society. These costumes are the first two for an immersive theatre performance that is set over different venues, each for one sin. The performances will be customised for each audience by asking them to fill in a form about their personal details. The performances are designed to shock, scare and make audiences reflect on their own behaviours and the extent to which the sins are prevalent within their own lives.
PRIDE - The initial inspiration for this costume came from eagles and black birds. I see these animals as an accurate representation of pride. After looking at the shapes of birds I think the way their feathers look resemble spikes, I developed the costume by using spikes as a key facet. Pride is something dangerous, something you can see but cannot touch, if someone is to get close to pride they will get hurt, I believe the spikes allow me to convey the message I give to pride. Looking at the colours, black is sinister to a degree and can be associated with poison and death, whilst gold on the other hand is an eye-catching colour, which is what pride is all about fundamentally. In terms of the placement of the spikes, I wanted to put the longest spikes in areas that can best represent pride, areas like the chest, elbows and also the shoulders. The design of the dress was crafted in order to force the model to stand straight, almost rigid and unmovable, this allows them to move slowly and elegantly.
LUST - Snakes were my primary inspiration for the costume lust; we are all familiar with the story of Adam and Eve and how the snake gave a strong symbolic representation of temptation. As well as this is, I see the snake as something that is controlling and to a certain extent powerful and domineering. I wanted the character of lust to be a girl, and I wanted her to be controlled by lust. I aimed to make this easy to see when looking at the costume; I developed the initial idea of snakes into body parts that resemble snakes tangled in a messy formation around the girl. I wanted the costume to look similar to group sex, for this I added in sex related body parts such as boobs and penises to emphasise this. The colours that I incorporated into this piece were chosen because of their “girly” qualities, colours like red, black, purple and pink all highlight the playful nature of this costume. I got a lot of inspiration from Japanese animated porn; they portray lust as something cute, exaggerated, and extreme but at the same time innocent. The gems on the costume were grouped in order to resemble STDs’ infected skin, to give an aspect of vulgarity to the piece. The whole costume was designed to give a representation of lust in the 21st century, you can see aspects of it in social media, the internet and the rest of society, lust is made to seem cute, cool, innocent and unavoidable.