As a Jane Austen fan I watch every adaptation ever made-repeatedly. I am currently watching Emma, the one with Romola Garai and Johnny Lee Miller. As part of special features they have a segment on the costuming which intrigued me as a sewer.
The actors talked a bit about how the costumes helped them become the part and more interestingly the head of that department chatted a bit about how she developed the “look” for the movie.
She had this little board with a hodge-podge of images attached: famous works of art, pictures of fields, bits of fabric, quick sketches of her ideas, etc. The mood evoked when you looked at the board became a touchstone for the hands-on work of making the clothes, from finding fabric in the perfect colors to fitting the actors.
If memory serves me well I think this is called a design board. The costume lady’s name was Rob and her lovely boards got me to thinking. We all want our own “look.” Maybe we all should have our own design board. We can grab up images we like, even if they aren’t fashion images, just things that express us, gather them in one place and then look at the tone evoked by the total overall collection.
I have an empty bulletin board and in a lackadaisical way I am going to begin collecting things that, for no reason, really resonate with me.