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Caroline Koener

Caroline Koener Costumier
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Crafting characters through clothes

  • • Caroline specialises in creating period costumes
  • • Her costumes have appeared in major feature films
  • • Hugely diverse, her work involves many different skills

“I was 15 when I knew that I wanted to be a costume designer. I loved history and sociology, sewing and building things as well as film history and making, so it was clear to me that this was what I wanted to do for a living.” Caroline Koener studied costume for screen and stage in Bournemouth, England, gaining essential work experience from makers and designers in the industry during her studies. Straight after university she started working as a costume maker and dresser, mainly for theatre, film and dance, and then as a costume designer. Her first professional assignment was making patterns for 40 costumes for a dance performance directed and choreographed by Helen van den Kerchove.

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This Elizabethan costume was based on a conceptual interpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello and was designed for the character of Desdemona. It is crafted principally from brocade in gold and silver as well as jacquard fabric in purple and anthracite, making use of many techniques, including graphics, painting, batik, embroidery, padding and overlays.

Height 90 cm
Length 88 cm
Width 65 cm

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Noir d’Ode I

Designed for the 2018 edition of the exhibition De Mains de Maîtres on the theme “Gestures and Wonders” held in Luxembourg, the dress was inspired by Victorian styles. Fashion during the Victorian era was greatly influenced by nature and the animal world.

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This evening dress was designed for the character of Elvire, a noblewoman in Molière’s play Dom Juan. It was worn by actress Garance Clavel during her performance in the play directed by Myriam Muller at the Grand Théâtre de la Ville in Luxembourg. The sequined and richly embroidered dress incorporates partially transparent sections in jade, black and gold.

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