BRITTANNIE MCKENNA TRAVIS

B L U E    S T O C K I N G S

COSTUME DESIGNER

Disclaimer: Masks were enforced by Production Team due to COVID-19 Health restrictions.

 

DESIGN PROCESS.

Blue Stockings is the story of four young women with the aspiration to graduate from Girton College (University of Cambridge) in the 1890s. In the concept meeting, the Director’s vision was to emphasize gender equality, idealism vs realism, and the value of education. The aesthetic goal was to visually demonstrate self-discovery and new beginnings. 


At the beginning of the process, the director emphasized that the costumes would be rooted in the period. The set was going to be abstract - resembling parchment paper. To contrast, the costumes would bring a sense of “life” with a vivid, range of colors.


To embrace the idea of vivid self-discovery and traditional 1890’s academia in Jessica Swale’s Blue Stockings, the use of period-accurate silhouettes, a simplistic-approach to trim and ornamentation, a controlled color scheme, and a selective pattern/print selection was used to evoke a feeling of individuality within a structured environment.

INSPIRATIONAL SONG(S): "Trains" - Poppy Ackroyd

This song was used as inspiration and utilized in the production of Blue Stockings by the Sound Designer, Alex Brock. With this, the music also inspired my work on the production, too.

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CREDITS

Venue: Patricia Corbett Theater (PCT).

Playwright: Jessica Swale

Director: Susan Felder.

Stage Manager: Haileigh Warren

Scenic Designer: Noam Denenberg.

Costume Designer: Brittannie McKenna Travis.

Assistant Costume Designer: Miranda Cotman.

Lighting Designer: Will Baker.

Sound Designer: Alex Brock.

Technical Director: Jacob Blumberg.

Props Masters: Finley Fields.

Co-Wig Designers: Brittannie McKenna Travis + Tiara Jones.

Makeup-Designer: Tiara Jones.

Maker(s): Meredith Buckley and Laura Molander.

Photographer: Mark Lyons.