As a costume maker, a material that I´m very exited about is Beetlewing. Beetlewing art it´s an ancient craft technique traditionally used in Thailand, Myanmar, India, China and Japan, for embroidery, jewelry and decorations. Because of the small life span of the beetles, it’s possible to use the wings without killing the insect by collecting the wings of the already dead bugs.

Embroidery examples:

Jewelry  examples:

There are many historical costumes out there which were embroidered with this technique. Have a look at this magnificent robe worn by actress Ellen Terry in 1888 performing her role as Lady Macbeth. The original has been restored by Zenzie Tinker to its former glory. If you want to know more about this project click HERE.

There are also movie costumes made with Beetlewing art, like one of the dresses of Ravenna from “SnowWhite and the Huntsman”

Coleen Atwood is a famous costume designer and she was responsible for this look. She was born on September 25, 1948 in Yakima, Washington USA, and studied fashion design at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Coleen was nominated for the Oscars nine times, winning three of them. She also won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts twice. She worked for Andrew Niccol (Gattaca), Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago, Die Geisha) and Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Alice im Wunderland) You can find out more about Colleen Atwood  and her work for “Snow White and the Huntsman” HERE.