Autore: Ilaria Mosca

From A to Q

PROJECT DETAILS

From A to Q

short film

2020

Starring: Sophie Rivers and Holly Ashman
Written and directed by: Emmalie El Fadli
Produced by: Emmalie El Fadli, Katie Pratten, Hansof Waller, Dionne Bcn, Bob Oliver, Mark Owen
1st AD: Adam Survay and Tommy-Joe Brown
Production Manager: Deborah Espect
2nd AD : Amber Wright
DOP: Beatriz Delgado Mena
Gaffer: Marina Lewin R
Sparks: Lorene Desportes and Jialin Wang
Focus Puller: Oliver W Newman
2nd AC: Owen Jeffrey
Sound Recordist/Design: Philip Quinton
Art Director: Leah Croft
Steadicam: Luke Snowball
Script Supervisor: Paul Burton
Makeup/Hair: Charlotte Ambrose
Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca
Costume Assistant: Rhianna Bell
Intimacy Coordinator: Jess Tucker Boyd
Runners: Tiff Milner and Sophie Hogan
Van Driver: Jo Fraser
Grading: Chris Shaw
VFX: Josh Baker-Mendoza
Composer: Kanoa Wolfe-Doblin
Music Supervisor: Sus McCaul

‘From A to Q’ is a positive lesbian representation film that tackles sexuality, coming out and what it takes to love yourself. 

I designed the costumes for the two lead characters, Alex and Kayla, and supervised the ones of the others. This included three dream sequences: one of those is a romantic retro’ inspired dance, while another dream sequence includes a devilish alter ego of Alex that confronts her about her feelings for her best friend Kayla.

 

Waiting

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Waiting

music video for Re:tract 

2020

 

Director: Lucy Chappell

E. Producer / DOP: Laura Dinnett

Producers: Natasha Gravia Lund, Jasmine De Silva

First AD: Pip Feldberg Collins

Focus puller: Ben Oliver

Steadicam: Hannah Jel

Camera Trainee: Samara Addai

Armourer: Marshall Baron

Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca

Costume Assistant: Margarida Miranda

HMU & Prosthetics: Charlotte Aldane

Props: Kate Parnell

Archery Specialist – Marshall Baron
 
Runner – Harriet Gillet 
 
Still Photographer Day One – Fraser Stephens 
 
Stills Photographer Day two – Laura Aguilera  
 
Camera Rental – Panavision 
 
Post Production House – Goldcrest  

This music video was a truly collaborative experience by each department. As the director Lucy Chappel stated in the treatment for the project, this song by the band Re:tract is a visceral experience – it’s haunting and atmospheric, with an ethereal female vocal and pulse-like beat, married with lyrics dictating some kind of longing and wanting – a hunger, desire, something carnal, animalistic.  Therefore the director imagined this music video as a running, chasing, a pursuit. A game. Of love? Or life?

We wanted to explore lust and seduction and the dangers of both. To intertwine the idea of the cat-and-mouse chase of love within a thrilling, fantasy setting, animalistic with exciting visuals, drawing on concepts and imagery from British folklore, creature horror and feminist, magical realism. 

We followed exclusively two female characters in their pursuit of each other: an huntress and a creature.

The Huntress is utilitarian, a soldier in many ways, doing a job – to hunt and destroy the creature. In our fantastical world, she is essentially opposite to the creature. She has the mentality of a soldier/officer, fearless – and the costume reflect this, with a structured look, dark colours – grey, black, green – that also help her hide in the forest, maybe with a dystopian edge. Inspirations for this came from Hunger Games, Hanna, The Lobster, The Girl With The dragon Tattoo.
The Huntress has an edgy look – dreadlocks, dyed hair, piercing on the face; she wears protective equipment and carries a compound bow and an holster with arrows. All has been accurately broken down. 

Regarding the Creature, she is a semi-human magical being, looking frightening, but with beauty in and the intricacy, otherwordliness. Thanks also to the collaboration with the prosthetic artist, she has small but distinctive features that intrigue us and make us question what the Creature is.  
She is almost like a part of the forest, without obvious ‘clothing’, but she had to be covered in something that also gives a hint that she might have been human once. Therefore the costume is made of different nets (from previous hunters who tried to capture the Creature), that started to became part of her body and skin. To the point that in some spots we can’t see if it’s net or her scaled skin. There’s moss growing up on her skin too, some feathers (from her preys) trapped between the nets, and of course mud (using body painting), since she’s been crawling in her nest. She’s an in-between, one of a kind
creature. That we find scary and mesmerizing,
It was crucial, for the construction of the costume, the balance between the ethereal/ barely-there clothing and the functionality of keeping the actress covered and as warm as possible, as well allowing all the movements of the chase in the story.

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

PROJECT DETAILS

Strings

Short film

 

2020

 

 

Director: James Peaty

Costume Designer: Ilaria Mosca

Cinematographer: Alfie Biddle

Sound: Michael Clayton

Starring: Christopher Sciueref, Reanne Farley, Richard Ashton

Strings” 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

PROJECT DETAILS

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.