The Guardians of Childhood, A Ballet

Designing for a Ballet Production of The Guardians of Childhood

Throughout my final year of study at the Northern School of Art, I designed and created  three costumes from William Joyce’s children’s novel series; The Guardians of Childhood, most commonly recognised from the DreamWorks animation Rise of the Guardians. The initial process involved designing and sampling in preparation for taking the final designs into the construction stages.

E.Aster Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny) follows traditional origins dating back to the Regency period, with influence of haute couture. The final design targets construction methods of historical tailoring, typical garment construction, modern finishing combinations, and mask construction and embellishment techniques including hand embroidery and gold work embroidery.


Toothiana (the Tooth Fairy) follows modern haute couture references with traditional ballet construction and interpretation. Traditional origins of the character; being the 1920’s period, are highlighted in embellishment techniques and the accessories of the design. The final design targets methods of corsetry, tutu construction, dance/stretch wear, complex wing construction and mask construction, and embellishments including beading, feather work, gold work embroidery, and jewellery construction. 

Sandy (the Sandman) follows traditional origins dating back to the Georgian period, with influences of haute couture. The final design targets methods of japanese pattern drafting, fabric manipulation, modern tailoring, and mask construction with embellishment techniques of gold work embroidery, heat transfer foiling, and beading.


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