Monday, September 1, 2014

Aurora Ophelia

Tonight, a friend linked an article on Vanity Fair about the costume designer for Maleficent, and how she focused on emphasizing Aurora's innocence for the new film.

Two costume sketches from the film's wardrobe department are shown in the article slide show, and the last one was immediately familiar to me.

Who better, I suppose, to look at for innocent aesthetics than Ophelia?

Ophelia by JW Waterhouse

 You can see some of the influence in the inspiration painting in the finished garment...the embroidered band around the hem, the sleeve style, and the chemise under the neckline.

I did adore this movie, and am counting the days till it's out on DVD and I can see it again!


Anonymous said...

We are a group of eight UCL MA Publishing Students undertaking the exciting task of creating a coffee-table book celebrating the beautiful work of William Morris. Having partnered with the William Morris Society in Hammersmith, we are privileged enough to have access to archives that have not previously been publicised. Our aim is to produce a high quality book showcasing such exclusive works so as many as possible may discover and appreciate Morris. We have also been supported by the Share Academy, a project with an objective to "build sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships between the higher education sector and the specialist museums in London".

As such, both we and the William Morris Society would like to extend an invitation to you to participate in the project; we are hoping you would be willing to contribute a few words about Morris, whether it is what he and his work means to you, his legacy or indeed anything you would deem to be of interest. This testimonial would of course be included within the book and demonstrate the wide-spread admiration and respect that William Morris still yields more than one hundred years after his death.

Our proposed title is 'William Morris: Artistry in Design and Printing​', we'll be publishing it through our University via UCL Press and our proposed publication date is Spring 2015.
With regards to the contribution, we're going for "a heartfelt celebration of Morris' life and works" and if we would be very grateful if you could provide us with something between 250 - 400 words.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Many thanks,

The UCL William Morris Project Team
Twitter: @WMorrisArtistry

Grace said...

Hi Georgia,

I would be more than happy to participate! Please contact me at my email,, and let me know to whom I should send the short essay/testimonial.

Best of luck with your sounds marvelous!


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