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Open Access Thesis

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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

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This thesis paper reflects upon the costume design process taken by Mikayla Reid to explore how color choice and application within designs can help create storybook characters off the page and onto the stage. This concept is explored through the costume designs for the opera The Cunning Little Vixen, a production theoretically staged at the Alice Busch Opera Theater for the Glimmerglass Festival in New York. The paper discusses Reid’s attempt to create designs that still feel like watercolor illustrations, even when realized in physical garments. It follows her process as she tests different dye techniques in search for what produces the most effective color application. This paper also breaks down each step taken while constructing the main character, the Vixen, through the build, fittings, and color application.


First Advisor

Yao Chen

Second Advisor

Michelle Henick

Third Advisor

Kristin Jensen

Fourth Advisor

Anya Klepikov

Fifth Advisor

Felicia Malachite and Penny Remsen