Laser and waterjet cutting for theatrical costumes
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As a costume technician, I am interested in ways we can incorporate new and different technologies into our craft. The use of laser cutting technology has become increasingly prevalent in the fashion industry to create one of a kind fabrics and embellishments on garments. I am interested in how we can use laser cutting to create costumes. For my thesis project, I will create three historically based costume pieces using a laser cutter and a waterjet cutting machine. The projects will be one: a jeweled metal crown inspired by the ducal crown of France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal as illustrated in Heralischer Atlas, by Hugo Gerhard Stroh; two, a 16th Century leather breastplate with laser cut and etched leather embellishments; and finally a re-creation on an early 20th century Edwardian lace collar and yoke.