Elan discovers artistry in costume designing

By Mayra S. Ventura

East Los Angeles College student of costume design Kristina Moore designed two dresses for the West Coast premiere of “RED VELVET” a play presented by The Junction Theatre at the Atwater Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Moore is a costume design major with a minor in art history.

This is Moore’s first costume designer job outside of ELAC.

This project has helped her apply her skills. It also gave her more experience with her social skills.

She designed two dresses for the play, one for actress Nicola Bertram, who plays the character of Ellen Tree, and the other actress Amanda Charney, who plays the role of Betty Lovell.

Moore’s professor, Jessica Hansen, forwarded her the details about the costume designer opportunity.

Hansen was contacted by Benjamin Pohlmeier, the director of “RED VELVET.”

“I read the play and then I talked to Benjamin about his vision and then we worked for each other,” Moore said.

Benjamin wanted the costumes to be historically accurate and as Moore explains, “It’s slightly historically accurate, on a budget.”

Moore took patterns from different time periods to make the dresses.

The bodices are from the 1860s and the skirts are from 1950s patterns. She also chose the patterns to reflect the personalities of the characters.

Moore and Pohlmeier wanted Ellen to be chic and mature since she is a character in her late 20s, and they wanted Betty to reflect a younger character in her early 20s.

Moore included little elements that will reflect how Betty aspires and tries to mimic Ellen.

Because this is her first outside project, it was different from other plays she had worked on.

“The difference between inside projects here is that you have a team of people helping you and for outside projects, you are really on your own,” Moore said.

In October she worked on the costume designs for “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” and she is currently working on “Run for Your Wife,” a wild 80’s comedy play showing at ELAC.

“I think “RED VELVET” (is) great. I like the historical plays, I think it’s great that it’s based on true characters and it’s still relatable today,” Moore said.

“RED VELVET” produced by Pohlmeier, will run for six weeks at the Atwater Playhouse from March 26 – April 30, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. General admission is $25 per person. Students, seniors and veterans admission tickets are $20 each  and groups of ten or more are $15 per person.

Tickets to the play can be purchased online at redvelvet.brownpapertickets.com.

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