I have a background in fiber arts and design, particularly dyeing, and my goal is to bring the same depth of color and detail to my acts and costumes. I find inspiration from many different sources. Below you can see how I've translated from my idea board to burlesque. Some of these are my work for existing acts, some are work in progress, or ideas from sites like Pintrest.
As a designer, I focus on color, depth, texture and movement: and how those will feel to an audience member under stagelight. Black, while silky and sexy against skin, absorbs light, so it's traditionally not a great color for the stage. But black can work beautifully when you build layers and texture into the fabric and use color in embellishments to provide depth and movement on stage. I strive to make every costume as visceral as possible: I want you to feel the texture of the feathers even if you're not on stage.
I'm also a huge fan and small-time collector of vintage clothes, particularly 1920s flapper and 1960s Mod and go-go (SO MUCH INSPIRATION). Wherever I can, I pattern or upscale pieces that have seen better days, as in the alien invasion, b-grade burlesque "Mars Needs Women" act.
And leopard. That speaks for itself. I have an act in mind that is all leopard, and I can't wait.