A conceputal costume design inspired by Victor Hugo´s novel and the French musical by R.Cocciante & L.Plamondon from 1998.
Core idea is to divide Esmeralda into 3 to differentiate layers of her character.
The whole range of this project includes a new concept for costumes, stage design, scenography, all in written form, referring to the original spectacle.
Videos: The 1st part completed in 2016 sets foot into the story. The 2nd part, completed a year later, adds layers of interpretation and brings the costumes to maturity. A 3rd video is in progress. Each role is played by one and the same person.
This project continues in exploring how fiction merges with our actual life experience. Multiple every-day versions of their costumes exist for each character.
The cathedral is being built.
Quasimodo, bell ringer
Phoebus, captain of the royal archers
Fleur-de-Lys, fiancée of Phoebus
Clopin, gypsy king
various costumes for THE DARK TENOR (universal music / trick or treat media, musician)
various costumes for EHRLICH BROTHERS (Ehrlich entertainment, illusionists)
costume concept for DDC (DDC Entertainment, breakdancegroup)
white dress for FELCE AGUILAR (acrobat, dancer)
various costumes for JACK WOODHEAD (singer, composer, entertainer)
hoof-shoes for BEHEMOTH (musician)
wire feather top for VIKTORIA LAPIDUS (varieté artist)
tree costume for THE BEAUTIFUL DISEASE (musician)
“Trapped in stripes” 74 Magazine May15 photography: Straulino
“NOT HEAVEN, NOT HELL” HUF Magazine #36 March 2015 photography: Heks Sascha Haubold
„THREADS“ Dark Beauty Magazine #34 Sept 2014 photography: Hannes Caspar
Interview for Papercut Magazine 4ever young May 2014, written by Jennifer Ortakales
“THE OTHERS – you are not alone” Storm Magazine #03 Spring 2014, photography & concept: Suzana Holtgrave
Design & Manufacture – costumes, couture, masks, head-neck-shoulder-pieces, impossible constructions, sculpture; specialised in structures and working with unusal material
Conceptual work – concepts for stage, photography, film; supervision of production. Very strong in character development
Art Direction, Photoshootings, Exhibitions
Expertise – Counsel on clothes and costumes; transmitting knowledge in lectures and workshops
Dana Maria Mikelson is a costume designer and artist based in Berlin / Germany
Studio/showroom in Berlin since 2015.
Freelancer since 2013.
Studies of fine art and cinema at Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach (academy of arts and design), graduated in 2011. Basic formation in filmmaking and stage design as well as diverse crafts and humanities.
Occupied with couture since the age of 12.
Born in Riga / Latvia in 1987.