frames & paddings



As strange as it might seem for a costume designer and costume prop maker to be engaged to make special paddings; this is a very useful design tool. Corsets and frames are very common in theatrical costumes but the padding of performers is often reserved for comic characters or animal costumes.

The most subtle one was for Vanessa Redgrave in Isadora. It was just to prevent and sign of a scar from showing through very thin silk dresses.

The largest body shape was for The Mikado in Stefan Lazaridis's ENO production.

The tailor at ENO made the suit but the lightweight framed padding was made by my studio.

I have also used inflatables to great effect for both Gerald Scarfe's The Magic Flute in Los Angeles and for the RSC at Stratford for The Oresteia

In An Abosolute Turkey directed by Sir Peter Hall, I was able to give the actor Griff Rhys Jones a Gerald Scarfe silhouette with paddings and other improvements.