Anything Goes Costume Design: Katie Pozzi & Mia Pahljina

The colours of the production were central to the story we were trying to tell through the costuming. Incorporating a gradient including teals, yellows and oranges through to a dark purple, we used this ‘sunset-over-the-water’ inspired colour palette to create a collection of looks that complemented each other and played on the relationships between the characters. Taking great inspiration from the block colours and retro feel of Wes Anderson movies, we worked with our director to develop a unique take on the show – attempting to move away from the classic ‘navy and white stripe sailor’ look that Anything Goes lends itself to often.

We emphasised the differences between the characters’ wealth, class and position in society through the fabric, functionality of the clothing, and colours.

The textures within the higher status characters, like Hope’s blue embellished chiffon ‘Delovey Dress’, Reno’s rich purple gown, Lord Eveylyn Okleighs lavish tailcoats, and Mrs Harcourts satin pussy bow top they became frivolously wealthy in comparison to their workers. The use of block colours and choice of texture was meticulous: we wanted an Anything Goes that told the original story but added layers of class divide.

We drew from broadway performances of Anything Goes, as well as movie and fashion icons of the 1930s/40s to try achieve a look that was clearly dated, yet far removed from a ‘dress-up’. Working within the confines of COVID 19 (and a struggling Australia Post system), sourcing of the costumes required creativity, patience and a willingness to adapt initial ideas to what was available.

Angels Pinterest

Angels Pinterest

 

 

 

 

Erma Pinterest

Erma Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

Evelyn Oakleigh Pinterest

Evelyn Oakleigh Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Pinterest

Hope Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

Moonface Pinterest

Moonface Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Harcourt Pinterest

Mrs Harcourt Pinterest

 

 

 

 

Reno Pinterest

Reno Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

Sailors Pinterest

Sailors Pinterest

Moodboards

Moodboards

Katie Pozzi & Mia Pahlijina

Sourcing & Workshopping

Sourcing & Workshopping

Katie Pozzi & Mia Pahlijina

Final Looks

Final Looks

Katie Pozzi & Mia Pahlijina