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Written in 1987 and examining its titular figure, Liz Lochhead’s play ‘Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off’ encourages a cross-examination of Scotland’s past and present. The development of my designs came primarily through the use of collage; piecing together 1980s street photography and 16th century portraiture in a humorous tone. My costume designs combine 1560s silhouettes with classic 80s streetwear; bodices become shell suit jackets, trunk hose become tracksuit bottoms and bum rolls are transformed into bum bags. Hand painted and child like illustrations of 80s ice cream trucks, supermarket plastic bags and sportswear branding are used in place of traditional 16th century motifs. The base of the pattern remains the same, but the focus is different. Through design, this interpretation of ‘Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off’ explores history while simultaneously filling in the missing pieces through an eclectic and contemporary lens.
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