The Happy Prince
The Happy Prince is a children’s book that tells the story of a golden statue that sacrifice’s his own beauty to help feed and look after the poor. The statue ends up being taken down when all of the gold is gone, meaning that he sacrifice’s his own life to save the lives of others.
I took inspiration for my design from the changing form of the state and the beautiful illustrations from the book. The illustrations show how the statue goes from a beautiful gold to verdigris over the course of the book, as it gives away its gold. This is what I wanted to do with my designs; I started by designing and making the embellished garment in gold, I attached lots of embellishments around the neck of a large pleated jacket, inspired by the large over the top jackets often worn my royalty etc., then after that had been photographed, I covered the garment in bleach, this changed all of the gold the same verdigris colour illustrated in the book, and photographed it again.
When I photographed the first garment I chose a much more urban and rundown setting and then for the second I chose to photograph it in the gardens in front of a large house. This was to illustrate how the beauty of the statue’s surroundings had improved as its own beauty had worn away, just as it had wanted.