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     “A costume doesn’t just come out of a designer’s head: it springs from a background”     -Peter Brook, The Empty Space

                                       

“A costume doesn’t just come out of a designer’s head: it springs from a background”

-Peter Brook, The Empty Space

Alexandra Morphet

creates clothing and costumes at her studio, BIAS, in Bloomington Indiana.

Creating a garment is like working on a jigsaw puzzle without the box top in front of you. Piece by piece a picture slowly emerges until it finally comes together as a satisfying whole.

Trained in couture sewing as well as theatrical costuming, I bring to contemporary design my knowledge of fashion history and period clothing. I particularly enjoy mixing the old and new, salvaging vintage fabrics for reuse in updated styles or recreating period designs in contemporary fabrics.

Clothing used to be made with more care. It was made to last longer—to stay in fashion for more than a few months, to withstand wear and tear through the quality of its construction and materials. I seek to reinvigorate good design, practicing expert construction and making use of beautiful fabrics.

Making clothing is part of a larger commitment to living a useful and creative life that includes making music and participating in the arts culture of my community. I have a degree in Music from Yale University and regularly perform with Bloomington’s chamber choir, Voces Novae. I also have an MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University and continue to design costumes for many local theatre productions.