Our Take On Twelfth Night Garb
For our upcoming production of Twelfth Night, our incredible costume designer Suzy Campbell has taken inspiration from the artwork of 20th-century illustrator and stage designer Ivan Bilibin. Born outside St. Petersburg, Bilibin became famous in 1899, when he released his illustrations of Russian fairy tales. He travelled in the Russian North between 1902 and 1904, which marked the start of his fascination with Slavic folklore and old architecture. On the subject of traditional, Russian architecture, he once wrote, “the main principle… is that the detail should never drown the whole.” It was this aesthetic ideal combined with his Russian background that made his artwork a uniquely singular inspiration for this production’s costume design. Because Twelfth Night is about an adventure in a strange, new land and the comedic outcomes of cultural misunderstandings, Suzy found his cleverly-detailed, fantastical illustrations to be a perfect fit for this Shakespeare comedy.
Image complied by Suzy Campbell
For more information of Bilibin’s art, see http://textualities.net/jennie-renton/the-art-of-ivan-bilibin/