This series of ten sculptural costumes was created for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra who commissioned the pieces to be worn in conjunction with the city's annual light festival and concert, Lumenocity. I worked along with fellow artists Lindsey Whittle and Julian Spring to create these ten original costumes. The design brief stated that the costumes must be sculptural in form, be inspired by Art Deco architecture, and must all have elements that light up. Together, Lindsey and I undertook the research, design, and fabrication of the costumes, while Julian undertook all of the research, development, coding, and execution of the wearable electronics.

These costumes were worn during the 2016 Lumenocity festival in downtown Cincinnati by dance company Pones Inc. 

Materials: fabric, el wire, LED lights, industrial foam, LED hoola hoops, metal pencil rod


Costume research, design, and construction by Grace DuVal and Lindsey Whittle
Electrical design and execution by Julian Spring

Additional support and costume building by Clint Basinger

All models are dancers in the dance company Pones Inc. 

All​ photos show the garments in daylight and at night, and are all courtesy of Grace DuVal



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