1860s photograph of 'circus freak' by Charles Eisenmann

ELLA KATE EWING (1872-1913) - source: pinterest

The loose beading that droops off the waist and bust of this 'freak' is incredible - I want to explore loose threaded texture / vertical lines in my garment. 

Photo of Fashion in Detail 1700-2000 book by V&A Museum.

I really like the 'well made' / technical aspect of this picture - I am experimenting with creating a bodice that is darted / well constructed to emphasise the female body.

I am inspired by the padding on the skirt of this image - I am exploring creating padded sleeves in my sketchbook.

snapshot from 'top freak shows of all time' youtube.

Margaret and Mary Gibbs, circa 1940s. Source: pinterest

Photo of Fashion in Detail 1700-2000 book by V&A Museum.

source: MET Museum online corset collection. 1860 corset made from cotton.

This image of a 'freakshow' performer in the 1800s is pivotal to my research - forming the basis for my texture research.

Johnny Eck with Mrs. Tod Browning and Koo Koo the Bird Girl during the filming of Freaks c. 1931

Experimental fashion design by Nelson Lo

This garment is really helpful for research - I really like the organic shape and use of holes to create interest.

UNIT 7 RESEARCH

Four legged girl In the 1860s, a photographer named Charles Eisenmann photographed thousands of circus freaks. source: pinterest

I chose this image as I think it conveys a sense of wackiness - the high stripped socks, parted curly fringe and four legs - love it!

The extremely curved back of the woman in this image is really interesting - it creates an amazing organic shape which I want to experiment with for my garment.

Annie Jones 1888. source: pinterest

Circus Performer 1905-15. source: pinterest

corset from the 1880s. Source: MET Museum online collection.

As I am looking at the 19th Century in my freakshow inspiration - I find the corset pivotal in my research. I love the tight / think panels that make up a corset.

Source: MET Museum online corset collection. 1880s american corset

Fashion in Detail 1700-2000 book by V&A Museum.

Annie Jones 1880

Minnie Woolsey AKA Koo Koo the bird girl photographed by Harry Atwell in Chicago in 1922 during Barnum & Bailey tour. Source: Pinterest

Koo Koo the Bird Girl has formed the basis of my texture research - her fluffy costume is a major inspiration for the bodice of my garment. 

’ B u r n t ’ by Robert Wun , Fashion, 2012

Photo of Fashion in Detail 1700-2000 book by V&A Museum.

Photo of Fashion in Detail 1700-2000 book by V&A Museum.

Boning is a material that I will explore in my garment to create exaggerated shapes - this image is helpful as it enables me to understand how to technically achieve an unnatural curves shape on the body.

Dancers of the Casino de Paris 1930s. Source: pinterest

snapshot of 'Top Ten Freak Show Acts of all Time' : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5pvhF9jbvg

source: MET Museum online corset collection. 1860 corset made from cotton.

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source: MET Museum online corset collection. 1890s.

This image is very interesting as it brings lightness back to my inspiration and garment - with the heavy boning and threaded texture I am experimenting with - I need to incorporate some sheer fabric to enhance and balance the garment.

For the neckline of my garment I want to do something really textural - with a high neckline. This McQueen garment is amazing and a strong research image for my design.

koo koo the bird girl - Google Search

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