Meddling and love go hand-in-hand in this timeless tale of love conquering all. Dolly Levi, a widowed matchmaker, puts her hand in the lives of lovers anywhere she can, including her own. Through the characters in the play, loving conquering all no matter one’s status is an explored theme. Through character groupings, the accessories illustrate this idea of status and position in life. Ultimately, this project will focus on hats displaying a distinction between each character. The first main grouping includes Dolly Levi, Irene Molloy, and Minnie Fay while the second includes Horace Vandergelder, Barnaby Tucker, and Cornelius Hackle. The first grouping’s hats reflect spring colors (violets, yellows, pinks, and greens). Lines reflect rounded, soft edges with a late Victorian silhouette while also demonstrating each woman’s personality. Textures include woven straw and soft, silky ribbon. The second grouping’s colors reflect neutral colors (i.e., cool grays, blacks, and warm browns). Cool grays and warm browns allow for a distinction between Vandergelder (the Rockefeller of the time) and his two poverty-stricken employees, Barnaby and Cornelius. The silhouette is rather two-dimensional with a contrast between silk and wool textures. Through the use of hats and character groupings, the various distinctions between each character are shown.
These following designs are apart of a class assignment in my period styles costume class in Fall of 2019. The assignment required students to design five costume accessories from a musical, play, or opera.
In addition to this assignment, I wanted to challenge myself beyond my limits and attempt to render these deisgns digitally on my iPad using Procreate.