Costume and Styling for Mara, The Seal Wife.

When creating the costume for Mara, The Seal Wife, I looked at stylised 80’s films and old photographs of locals from Uist and St Kilda. Due to the harsh landscape and changeable weather, people throughout the decades have dressed to protect themselves from the elements, choosing warmth and durability over aesthetics. Styles move more slowly because of this, and workwear is always present, but people still want to look their best. 

I sourced clothing locally where I could, bright orange oilskins and Arran jumper for James and a 40-year-old Eriskay Jumper and navy workwear for Magnus. For Sìne, I pulled together high waisted jeans, silk tops and cashmere jumpers from my Mum’s wardrobe and vintage shops in Glasgow. Someone with an emotional connection to the island lent their beautiful silk wedding gown for the wedding scene in Carinish Church. 

I like to work with local designers and fashion producers to bring something contemporary and unique and in this case I was able to incorporate jewellery by Heather McDermott and Soizig Carey for the Lighthouse and wedding scenes, knitwear and jumper by Anika Höppel, scarf by Green Thomas for the Proposal scene, silk cotton pyjamas by LAS for Maggie and a customised denim shirt by Alice Dansey-Wright for when Sìne is painting in her studio. 

Mara, The Seal Wife is clothed with a mixture of locally sourced authentic pieces, borrowed family heirlooms, and unique contemporary details.

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