School for Scandal, Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Unrealized designs, 2012
My goal for these designs was to fuse international hip-hop style with 18th century aesthetics, relying on elements of decadence, heavy ornamentation, gold accents, color, and pattern to bridge these two very different worlds. My hope is that by framing the characters as exaggerated urban inhabitants in a modern setting, Sheridan’s work could be made more accessible and playful for a contemporary audience, as well as for a more diverse theater company.
The degree of 18th century influence in the costumes expresses the degree to which each character is involved in the School for Scandal, while the element of symbolic belt buckles is used to indicate characters who have concealed or misleading identities throughout the play.
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