THE THRILL OF LOVE | INITIAL COSTUME

After looking at the characterisation of each character I have begun to sketch ideas from the period. I created simple line drawings of the shapes of the outfits I envisage the characters to wear.

CHARACTERS IN RELATION TO ONE ANOTHER:

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RUTH ELLIS:

-Simple everyday outfit: I think that her character would be quite promiscuous and so would like to wear figure hugging clothes. This lead me to sketch her in a pencil skirt and high necked 3/4 sleeved top.

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-Coat: She is mentioned to have worn a coat to Vickie’s funeral and in a few other scenes. For this I see her wearing a red coat, again to make a statement.

-Prison outfit: For the prison outfit I see her in a very simple, un glamorous practical dress. I found an image of a dress online that i think is perfect. It is a grey button down, long-sleeved, woolen dress.

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-Underwear: The 50s was the era of the bullet bra. It was fashionable to have very coned breasts. Most of the underwear was pale peach colour.

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VICKIE MARTIN:

-Everyday Clothes: I think she would definitely have been a lady who flicked through magazines constantly. That she would have wanted to be completely up to date with fashion. I think she is more daring as a character, and so trousers could be a good option for her character.

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-Coat and suitcase: It is important to consider the fact that rationing was still in play at the time of the play. Each character would have most likely made their own clothes. I think her coat would have been very simple, yet in trend.

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-Prison uniform: Exactly the same dress as Ruth’s. Makes her seem like a friendly face.

SYLVIA SHAW:

-Everyday outfit: A very sophisticated outfit, to show her age and how much she thinks of herself. The outfit is based around Dior’s new look.

-Coat and hat: A black coat and hat for the funeral of Vickie. Simple double breasted black coat with a pinched in waist, or a more full free flowing coat.

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DORIS JUDD:

-Cleaning outfit: I think that she would have had a half apron rather than a full piny. I would like Doris to wear a simple cut skirt and blouse and a cardigan, with simple and practical black lace up shoes.

-Coat and hat: Again Doris wears a black coat and hat to Vickie’s funeral.I think that Doris’ main focus with her clothing choices would be practicality, and so I think she would have a very simple long button up black coat.

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JACK GALE:

-3 piece suit: A traditional 3 piece suit; jacket, waistcoat and creased roll up trousers. He would also be wearing a tie clip and cuff links.

-Over coat and trilby: I think that Gale would be likely to wear a trench coat. The hat and trilby would most likely both be a browny colour.

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