This costume is for princess Katya from the play, The Firebird. The play was for a children’s production to be put on at Christmas. The story marries together lots of different elements and characters from Russian folklore to create the story. I took a lot of inspiration from traditional Russian dress as I felt it was important to reference the plays heritage. I also gave myself a rough colour scheme of red white and gold, these colours can not only be found a lot in Russian dress but also they are very Christmassy colours.
For Katya’s costume, I look my inspiration from Russian dolls, she is a princess that has led a very sheltered life, she is quite stuck up and stiff at a character. I wanted this to be reflected in her clothing. I liked the idea of having a costume that altered the way that the character walked as well, giving her a very stiff walk and posture and making her unable to do certain things.