ISCHGL - RELAX. IF YOU CAN.
Ischgl. Relax if you can. - Feature Film
Year - 2021
Design and concept by me, as a part of my final year at ECA performance costume
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This project is inspired by one of the first major outbreak of Covid-19 in Europe, starting in the ski resort Iscghl in Austria in the end of February 2020. The corona virus was first discovered in China in late December 2019 and after finding positive cases in more and more countries around the world, the WHO declared it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March. By the time the virus was discovered in Iscghl, Austria there had only been a few cases in the rest of Europe with most of them associated to traveling from places where the virus was more prevalent. The authorities have been widely criticised for not acting earlier to prevent the spread of the virus in the ski resorts, causing around 2000 cases in 45 different countries that can be linked to the resort.
For my project that is set in the same ski resort, Iscghl, I wanted to do a dark catastrophic, thriller movie that explores how the humankind reacts in a crisis. It is set a few years into the future, around 5-8, in a high class ski resort where the rich goes to ski and party. It has a lot of other entertainment and activities for the ones who do not ski, such as spas, high end fashion stores and concerts. On the other side of the mountain, in a bunker, there is a medical science experiment going on, controlled by a private pharmacy company with a powerful business man leading the experiment. Because of a security breach, some of the dangerous components they are working on is released and causes a big outbreak of a mysterious disease on the other side of the mountain, in the ski resort.
The main theme of the movie will explore how different characters deals with the situation and also highlight the differences between the classes and the power balance between the well-off ski resort visitors and the slightly less well-off workers. The authorities struggle to decide what to value the most, whether it is to avoid further spread, keeping the economy going or to keep the rich and powerful well and happy. I wanted the costumes for this project to reflect that it is in the future and it is a sci-fi movie but I also wanted the clothes to feel relevant to an audience today. I wantd the contrast between the resort and the bunker to be clear by using very bright and colourful textiles for the characters in the resort and very dull and toned down colour palette for the workers in the bunker.
For my textiles I wanted to include a lot of knitting, and using different techniques to get the characteristics across. The shapes of the ski outfits are inspired by ski fashion throughout history, with some details preserved to illustrate how fashion is cyclical and that it is only supposed to be slightly in the future. The cuts of the outfits should be recognisable but feel new, fresh and exciting. I wanted most of my characters to have one dominant colour to make them recognisable in a big crowd of extras for a movie set.