Ella BeattieHowls Moving Castle
My costumes were made for the production Howl’s Moving Castle. I designed for the characters Howl Pendragon and the Witch of the Waste, in a 1930’s production. I focused my work on how to portray these characters if the villain was triumphant.
The Witch is a greedy and rich young woman who uses magic to maintain her appearance and wants Howl’s heart. To convey this, I used materials that would have been considered luxury in the 1930’s, I used stretch velvet, faux fur and creating a custom fabric from symbols used in the witch’s scenes.
Howl Pendragon is a powerful wizard with a childish heart, and without his heart he slowly loses his humanity. I portrayed this through darker colours and feathers, not his usual bright colours. The feathers reveal his transformation into a monster. I kept his identity by embellishing the jacket with beading and crystals revealing his love of pretty things, much like a child.