Styling a band

I find that I love doing clothes and costumes for performers, outfits take on a new life and energy on stage. 

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I'm doing some brand identity and styling work for a band called Eclipse - they're a steel pan orchestra. Apart from bringing the v-i-b-e to the party, I love that they make a positive exchange with society. Eclipse has a core group that plays concerts and gigs, but they also perform as a community band that school children can join as an after-school activity.

I took inspiration from their name for their look - think the sun, stars, flares etc. Big, bold, fat shapes - circles, rectangles for maximum visual impact.I wanted each member to have a different outfit that reflected their personality somewhat. I had to think of a way of pulling their looks together without being too matchy-matchy. We had a short time-frame so I had to experiment quickly to find a technique that would work.

I used gold leaf to embellish t-shirts and a skirt. Not sure if my gilding efforts are dry-cleanable, but we had a short deadline and I fell back old tricks, viz., when in doubt, use tape - good ol' double-sided in this case. 

electronics not included

electronics not included

Stickers. I love stickers. They're the perfect way to add shiny to an outfit - I wear them on my clothes all the time - it's fun and playful. Plus, brush them off after they lose their glue and your clothes are back to normal. 

My brother being a patient model

My brother being a patient model

It was great fun putting this together. I look forward to v2 - our next milestone is a gig in January. Trying to think of a way to get some gold fringe on someones arms - would be fun to watch it toss around as they play! 

Next time I'll get a better photograph of the band playing.