Inspired by the heightened representation of reality in early twentieth century art, the costume design for Machinal utilizes techniques found in Cubism, Futurism, and Vorticism to reveal the principle character’s inner experience and communicate her state of mind to the audience. Modifying traditional twenties’ dress with these aesthetic practices provided an opportunity to emphasize aspects of each character in relation to the protagonist, Helen. Additionally, by seamlessly including moments of modernity, the costumes emphasize the relevance of Machinal’s themes to today’s social and political environment. In fusing the aesthetic practices that contextualize Sophie Treadwell’s play with historical fashion, a visual language developed that successfully meets Expressionist goals of communicating interior human reality while also remaining faithful to the twenties’ aesthetic and reinforcing the constraints of the patriarchal machine of society.
|Advisor:||Smith, Nancy Jo|
|Commitee:||Baumgardner, Catherine Gutting, Jacques, David Martin|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Costume design, Cubism, Machinal, Theatre|
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