The Power of Costume
My BA is mainly motivated by my desire to create a bank of knowledge, which I can use and develop within the field of clothing design. I have chosen the to focus on costuming rather then fashion due to my main interest in building a character using clothes as a tool for understanding a personality on-screen. In the spring of 2017, I was given the opportunity to work with the costume designer Karen Gram, on director Harald Zwart’s movie The 12th Man. The experience gave me a greater understanding of the costume field and inspired me to write my BA on the issue of identity and power through costuming. In the practical parts of my dissertation, I highlighted four different characters in the movie, and presented my interpretation of the costume and the way in which the costume shows the audience their identity and state of power.
Eli F. Jones