Storytelling

We recreated the characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The costumes were exhibited in Dublin in May 2012.

 

Photography: Philip White
Makeup: Dee McKernan & Laura Rooney
Model: Gemma

 

 

Harmless Creatures started life in 2011 as two designers looking for a project to make us think and then along came The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The story has little creatures, big creatures, beautiful creatures, strange creatures, wicked creatures and fierce creatures but we decided we were more like the harmless creatures.

This collection of costumes is our personal project and a labour of love.
They were brought to life between different jobs and projects we were
working on and are the result of much planning, many late nights and an
awful lot of grid systems. Each costume took over 40 hours to create using
unusual materials and techniques that you won't see every day of the week.

The Scarecrow is made from rows and rows of hay, the Tin Man is made
from hand shredded card and the Lion is made from 20cm strips of VHS
tape. All are assembled like a suit of armour, protection against a world
where everyone else has the brains, the heart or the courage.