Autore: Ilaria Mosca

The Chair

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The Chair

Short film

 

2019

Director: Victor De Almeida

Producer: Dario Bocchini

DoP: Archie Guinchard

1st AD: Ewa Habdas

Production Assistant: Shirley Grana

Assist Camera: Chris Nguyen, Joe Heap

Script Supervisor: Marta De Nitto

Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca

Production Designer: Amber Roe

Make-up artist: Margherita Scala

Starring: Robert Metson, Peter McPherson

“The Chair” is a psychological thriller all set in one room, the studio of the psychologist John, to which the surgeon Richard, accused of killing his colleague, goes to get therapy. The dialogue between the two men will lead to an unespected plot twist.

 I designed and sourced the costumes for the two characters: John, meticulous and posh, and Richard, devastated by the recent loss of his wife and daughter, and therefore wearing a totral bloack outfit, stylish but unkept.

 

 

Play With Fire

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Play With Fire

Short film

 

2020

 

 

Director: James Peaty

Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca

Cinematographer: Alfie Biddle

Sound: Michael Clayton

Starring: Christopher Sciueref, Reanne Farley, Richard Ashton

“Play With Fire” is a bittersweet romantic drama short film, with a final plot twist. 

I designed the costumes for the three characters, two of which we see in different scenarios through flashbacks of their secret affair.

 

The Morrigan

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Morrigan

Photographic Project

 

2019

Photographer and producer: Antonio Antonopoulos

Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca

 

First photographs of a collaborative project with the fashion photographer Antonio Antonopoulos, inspired by the mythological figure of the Morrigan. 

According to Irish mythology, the Morrigan was the goddess of war and death, and used to appear to humans in many different forms, such as a crow, an old lady washing bloody armors, or a beautiful girl. She was part of a triad, each of the goddess representing one of her characteristic.

In particular, the black costume with veil and feathers represents the Morrigan as the “Queen of Phantoms”, the goddess of death.

Old Beginnings

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Old Beginnings

Short film

 

2018

Director: Suni Khan

Producer: Lewis Partovi 

Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca

Production Designer: Madge Healey

Director of photography: Tom O’Keefe

Starring: Hannah Arterton, Lewis Reeves, Harriet Green, Rupert Ratcliffe, Selina Giles, Shango Baku

“WHAT IF THERE WAS A METHOD THAT ALLOWED YOU TO EXTINGUISH ALL THE FAILINGS OF THE PAST?” 

Old Beginnings is a post-modern, tragic romance about a young couple trying to rid themselves of the past using an  unorthodox and bizarre ritual as they rekindle their love.

Produced by Lewis Partovi, created and directed by Suni Khan, starring Hannah Arterton and Lewis Reeves, and with a soundtrack featuring Atoms for Peace, Bloc Party and M83.

The outfits designed, for the different scenes and the different characters, 7 plus the dummy/replica of the two protagonists, were in total 16. In particular, for Sophia’s costumes, I used symbolic colors to indicate her delevopment during the story: for example she wears red when she meets the Doctor for the ritual, white during the “baptism” of the dummies scene, as a newborn, and yellow (danger) in the twisted end of the story.

The grasskeeper’s costume has instead been broken down to give it a dirty and used look.

 

I Pagliacci

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I Pagliacci

2014

Opera by R. Leoncavallo

 

Costumes and set design proposal:

Ilaria Mosca

This reinterpretation of Leoncavallo’s work aims to attract young audiences to opera and draws inspiration from comics (Sin City) for the style and dark atmosphere, and the choice of using almost only red/black/white/gray. The clown protagonist is inspired by famous clown villains such as Joker or It-Pennywise, and the story is set in an undefined time ans space. The protagonists are a group of touring actors. In the second act, they “dress up” to go on stage, where we assist to a metatheatrical scene.

Costumes for the chorus and exstras: the chorus (children, women, men) play the people who whatch the  actors’ show and is in tones of grey, to appear like an undefined background.  The estras are mimo, wear black and white clothes with geometrical motifs and represent jugglers and waders.

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

2015

Musical

Director: Bruno Di Palo

Costumes and Props: Ilaria Mosca

Design, organisation and making of costumes for this reiterpretation of the musical, fused with the Disney cartoon and with the add of new characters such as th Gargoyles and griots. 

Some of the costumes were made from scratch, other were the result of changes to existing souced items, through the phases of dyeing, bleaching and breakdown.

Costumes for the dancers, the nomad people: for the first act, the costumes are made up of sourced clothes, that have been broken down, dyed and bleached to have an used look. In the second act, when they are prisoners, the nomads wear plain white long shirts, while other dancers, the police, wear black and a headpiece. The Gargoyles, instead, wear long white tunics with tromphe l’oeil designs, as well as their make up, to look like the famous statues.

 

Maureen

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Maureen

Short film

 

2018

Director: James Peaty

Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca

Cinematographer: Alfie Biddle

Sound: Michael Clayton

Starring: David H.M. Williams, 

 “MAUREEN is the dark, yet blackly comic story of a strange relationship between an unnamed man and his partner, Graham. Conveyed in the form of a series of interlocking monologues, it soon becomes clear that perhaps the truth of this story is far more complicated than we’re initially led to believe…” 

Pink, as the wafers loved by Graham,  is a key colour in the choice of the outfits’ ones. The costume for the protagonist becomes more “feminine” as the film goes on,  adding new elements to the initial pink and blue outfit evey time he changes room: therefore in the bathroom sequence he uses yellowe rubber gloves and a pink sponge; in the closet scene he is wearing on top of his shirt the flower neglige we see in Graham’s death footage: in the final bedroom scene, he is now talking to a mysterious interlocutor, wearing male pink lace lingerie, the neglige and with an heavy make-up on. His “transformation” is now complete.

As regards Graham, he is portrayed as a greasy masculine man in blue shirt, the “traditional colour” for men. When he is “in touch with his feminine side” on the sofa eating a pink wafer, wears a silk neglige on top of his boxers and bare chest. 

The handsome young guy is instead portrayed as the typical leather jacket and t-shirt guy.

Far from land

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Far from land

Short film

 

2018

Director: Margot Gaultier

Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca

 

Design and making of the costume for the final scene of the film, when the girl protagonist turns into a fish.

The costume was designed to be used to shoot underwater scenes, with many layers of long pleated light fabric to recall the long tail of the Betta Fish. To create the fishscale effect on the bust, I instead used the North American smocking technique.

 

The King of Hearts

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The King of Hearts

Short film

 

2018

Francis Hardy Productions

Director: Susan Byron

Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca

Cinematographer: Federico Gardin

Starring: Julian London,  Annabel Medland, Muriel Van Cruchten and Stephen Moriaty.

Ava looks for the ‘perfect story’ in a mysterious bookshop. Alice in Wonderland meets spy drama in this playful mash up, set in contemporary London.

I designed and sourced the outfits for the four characters, and designed and relised the costume for the “Mad Hatter” inspired character, mainly influenced by the steampunk genre.

The Emperor’s New Clothes​

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The Emperor's New Clothes 2017

Live performance proposal

Concept, direction and costume design 

Ilaria Mosca

Dystopic contemporary adaptation of Andersen’s fairytale, about the relationship between media and political power, and social media and society. Use of technologic devices on the costume. Creation of digital contents for the devices.

During the performance, there is a costume transformations for The Emperor / Politician: from young ambitious politician, he is “dressed up” by the Spin Doctors with media. Through media he gains more and more power, until the truth about the protagonist is revealed by a Whistleblower, and he is now destroyed by them.

As regards the other characters of the story, we have:                               
 _The Spin Doctors: half human, half cybernethic beings, are the ones who “dress the Emperor”: they give him power through media, controlled by them.
 _The Mass Media Audience: the people, our society, wearing masks giving the effect their face are melted to their phones.                                   
_The Whistleblower: corresponding to the child in the tale, he is the one that reveals the truth to the mass media audience through a Tweet.