Each costume and image was thoroughly researched. We read biographies, watched documentaries, wrote to people online who knew the artists. We created scrapbooks and montages to work out how each costume and image would look.
We sketch each costume out first and have a clear vision of how each will look.
We then search for vintage/recycled and one of a kind fabrics and materials to create the design.
We create patterns and mini versions of each look before going into production.
It is then a matter of trial and error in the creation of costumes that don't rely on traditional patterns.
The costumes had to be wearable and surreal at the same time. and had to fit into a clear design ethos that was celebrating the extreme queer and defiant voices we were emulating.
We had also to consider our makeup design to compliment and contrast the costume design.
The final images were going to be very large so we knew every detail had to be perfect, there was no room for unfinished elements. We also have to perform in these costumes so we had to consider movement, vision and breathability. Which is a challenge with some of the more sculptural elements.
We also photograph our work by ourselves and so we need to be able to run back and forth and check the images have be captured correctly so we have to be able to get in and out of the costumes easily and be able to operate technology.
We met all the challenges working together closely and ensuring we honoured these artists in the most glorious and heartfelt fashion possible.