Colleen Muscha

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All of my creative research relates to the design and creation of costumes, whether for the theatre, opera or as wearable art. I have a particular focus on the manipulation of materials used for costumes and development of new ways to incorporate production techniques. I have explored various fabric dye and painting methods as well as approaches more commonly associated with craft, including leather work, thermoplastics, laser cutting, molds, and casting. I often draw from research of historic clothing and use that information to inform my approaches to creating period costumes.

Gothic and Elizabethan Costumes as Art to Wear

Often my design, research, and construction for costumes involves the use of non-fabric materials. In theatre these materials are classified as costume crafts, and I manipulate these humble objects through dyeing, printing, and sewing techniques. The end result is a craft garment, a category that encompasses a variety of pieces including masks, headdresses, armor, leather goods, and even electric wearables.

Last fall I began researching ideas, techniques, and materials for costumes to be used for two upcoming international design competitions. One of these was for a wearable art competition that promoted the use of innovative styles, materials, and techniques.

Architecture – Glistening Gothic Tracery (full frontal view), black and gold mirror acrylic sheet, black velvet, tubing, and metal hooping (2020). Costume Designer: Colleen Muscha; Patternmaker/Construction: Colleen Muscha and Christina Marullo.

Architecture – Glistening Gothic Tracery (full back view), black and gold mirror acrylic sheet, black velvet, tubing, and metal hooping (2020). Costume Designer: Colleen Muscha; Patternmaker/Construction: Colleen Muscha and Christina Marullo.

Architecture – Glistening Gothic Tracery (closeup bodice), black and gold mirror acrylic sheet, black velvet, tubing, and metal hooping (2020). Costume Designer: Colleen Muscha; Patternmaker/Construction: Colleen Muscha and Christina Marullo.

Architecture – Glistening Gothic Tracery (hat detail), black and gold mirror acrylic sheet, black velvet, tubing, and metal hooping (2020). Costume Designer: Colleen Muscha; Patternmaker/Construction: Colleen Muscha and Christina Marullo.

Architecture – Glistening Gothic Tracery, watercolor sketch (2020). Costume Designer: Colleen Muscha.

Elizabethan – Chromatic Cartwheel (full front view), silk, wire, LED electronics, and corrugated plastic (2020). Costume Designer: Colleen Muscha; Patternmaker/Construction: Colleen Muscha and Christina Marullo; Electronics: Kassidy Colburn.

Elizabethan – Chromatic Cartwheel (left side view), silk, wire, LED electronics, and corrugated plastic (2020). Costume Designer: Colleen Muscha; Patternmaker/Construction: Colleen Muscha and Christina Marullo. Electronics: Kassidy Colburn.

Elizabethan – Chromatic Cartwheel (right side view), silk, wire, LED electronics, and corrugated plastic (2020). Costume Designer: Colleen Muscha; Patternmaker/Construction: Colleen Muscha and Christina Marullo.; Electronics: Kassidy Colburn.

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