Notre-Dame de Paris

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 layers of her personality to add depth and impact.

The whole range of this project includes a new concept for costumes, stage design, scenography, all in written form, based on the original spectacle.

Two videos: The 1st part completed in 2016 illustrates the whole setting. The 2nd part, completed a year later, brings the costumes to maturity.
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.

Gringoire, poet

Frollo, priest

Quasimodo, bell ringer

Esmeralda, private

Esmeralda, dancer

Esmeralda, objectified

Phoebus, captain of the royal archers

Fleur-de-Lys, fiancée of Phoebus

Clopin, gypsy king

Costume spectacle at COALSCAREMONIUM / April 8th 2017, Bruxelles, Belgium

GRAEAE, dance piece / premiere 02.06.2018 at Tanzfest der Deutschen Tanzkompanie Neustrelitz

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)


Design & Manufacture – costumes, made-to-measure tailoring, masks, 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.

Studies of fine art and cinema at Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach (academy of arts and design), graduated in 2011. Widely-spread education including art direction, graphic design, sculpture, photography, filmmaking, crafting and stage design.

Born in Riga / Latvia in 1987.

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