Costumer's Notebook

Often as I'm working I get curious peeks over my shoulder at my various notebooks to see my sketches and what I'm working on. Working off this idea, I named my blog "Costumer's Notebook" to help share some of the design work, the challenges, the triumphs and the end results of putting together productions or projects. I've found the people really enjoy getting to see what goes on behind the scenes. 

"... it's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then."

This design is a personal take on The Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll's, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". I’ve always derived inspiration from the book and I occasionally discover something new with each reading. The selection of the printed script on canvas for the long jacket is influenced by a costume worn by Geoffrey Rush who portrayed the infamous Marquis de Sade in the movie "Quills". In the movie, denied pen and paper, he writes a story on his silk suit in blood with a hidden quill. It was part of my daydream to just combine elements from both stories.

The lining of the jacket is made from striped pillow ticking. Cuffs and collars are French blue cotton velvet. The buttons are in the shapes of roses which hearken back to the playing cards painting the roses red in the Queen of Heart's garden. The jacket is worn over a historically accurate 18th century "stays" (corset) made out of purple satin. The top hat has a lot of detail including a Dormouse with a striped waistcoat for fun.

Photographer Amanda Tipton had the idea to do the curtains like a makeshift "stage" in the middle of nowhere. It gave the character a space to be with some theatricality and separated the shoot from just a plain woodland setting. Meredith Worobec's makeup design is dark and lovely. I think it came out rather magical.  

Costume Design, Construction and Millinery: Rachael Kras

Photography: Amanda Tipton - Photography for Fine Artists

Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec

Boots: Son of Sandlar's "High Boot"

All other costume elements (jacket, corset, blouse, wrist cuffs, hat, jewelry/accessories and leggings) designed and constructed by: Rachael Kras

To the reader: Thank you for finding inspiration in these photos. Please preserve all credits for the artists involved when sharing. All rights reserved.

  Costume Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   |   Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Costume Design and Construction: Rachael KrasPhotography: Amanda Tipton | Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Costume Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   |   Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Costume Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Costume Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   |   Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Costume Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Costume Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   |   Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Costume Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Costume Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   |   Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Costume Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

  Costume Design and Construction:  Rachael Kras  |   Photography:   Amanda Tipton   |   Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Costume Design and Construction: Rachael Kras | Photography: Amanda Tipton | Makeup Design: Meredith Strathmeyer Worobec. All rights reserved.

Recommended Reading:

"Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

"Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There" by Lewis Carroll