The Art of Costume

Clothing can be used almost like a costume, allowing us to slip in and out of different characters with the change of an outfit.

Canberra born and Melbourne based, contemporary dance artist Chloe Chignell’s star is on the rise. She has recently received a Keir Choreographic Award, performed in Atlanta Eke’s ‘Miss Universal’ at Chunky Move and is set to perform in James Batchelor’s new work ‘Faces’. With her chameleonic appearance and versatility as a performer, we couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to explore the role of clothes in creating a character.


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The Vamp: Top Shop Unique dress, vintage Yves Saint Laurent mules from Claire Inc., vintage faux fur stole.


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Borrowing from the Boys: Alexander McQueen jacket, Country Road trousers, Burberry Prorsum loafers


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Beauty note: Natural glowing skin and a pink pout are the perfect accompaniment to a prim and proper look


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The Prepster: Vintage Chanel blouse from Claire Inc., Miu Miu skirt and studded brogues. Miu Miu necklace on mannequin and Miu Miu glasses on glass head.


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The Tom Boy: Linen shirt from Target, vintage men’s denim, Simone Rocha feather slides


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The Ingenue: Vintage coats and fur pieces, Miu Miu glitter shoes


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Beauty Note: A strong woman with a strong pout



Photography: Lauren McKay

Hair and Makeup: Lilah Deguitre

Styling and Creative Direction: Emma Batchelor

Model: Chloe Chignell

Assistant: James Batchelor


Read more about our model Chloe Chignell in ‘Shine On: An Interview with Chloe Chignell


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