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FIDM Theatre Costume Design Student Hannah Lagana

Hannah Lagana's Moulin Rouge DEBUT Collection Inspired by Cyberpunk

Advanced Study Theatre Costume Design Student Hannah Lagana is currently creating Moulin Rouge costumes for the characters Harold Zidler, can-can dancers, and Santiago, the Argentinian, for FIDM’s Annual DEBUT Runway Show event live-streaming on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM PDT. Prior to FIDM, she attended Academy of the Canyons, a middle college high school in Southern California, and graduated from high school with her diploma as well as her Associate of Arts degree in Costume Design from College of the Canyons. We chatted with Hannah to learn more about her designs, inspiration, and how FIDM is getting her closer to her career goals.

Tell us about your Moulin Rouge theatre costume designs: For Harold Zidler and the can-can dancers I tried to have their colors more saturated and vibrant with kind of a mild circus theme, with one dancer being a modified human and the other representing a snake. My Santiago, the Argentinian costume is more mute in his design to represent the outside world. And since Santiago and Toulouse are almost always in the same scene together he would have gotten ahold of the fabric that Toulouse's shirt was made of and added it to his wardrobe.

What silhouettes and fabrics can we expect to see? For silhouettes they are all unique to their own and for fabrics for the club members they are all shiny and reflective with a dash of vinyl, while Santiago is more matte with his fabrics but filled with subtle texture.

What is your unique design vision? Cyberpunk is all about the punk aesthetic with cool cyber modifications. I tried my best to add that into my characters with a fun mini theme among them. For the club Moulin Rouge, it has a rough circus theme that surprisingly spreads through everyone else's design. 

How do you hope people will feel when they see your designs? Mainly excited or intrigued about how my costumes were built, or just seeing the show in general.

What inspires you as a creative and as a designer? I honestly get inspired by movies, shows and video games since that’s how I spend most of my time enjoying their content and what others make from them too. I've also had inspiration from some of my friends.

What is a lesson you’ve learned in this advanced program? I’ve learned many things through this program and I plan to use them in the future like how to negotiate the deals of a contract for a job. Alongside how to pattern out complicated shoulders and pants for each character accordingly. 

How is FIDM helping you get closer to your career goals? I originally wanted to be a professional cosplayer but I quickly realized that job would be really hard to achieve so being a costume designer/builder is still exactly what I want to do, but with more jobs available.

Keep up with Hannah Lagana on Instagram @insane_raptorilla.

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