Project Proposal Second Draft

Section 1: Review (Approx 150 words)

This year has been a huge learning curve for me for at the beginning of this course, despite having the passion for performance design and practice my skills were limited to drawing. Yet now I’m confident creating 3-dimensional designs and thus bringing my ideas to life. Areas in particular where I have learnt skills which I had previously struggled in was building modals to scale, pattern making, model drawing, sustainable design, ageing clothes etc. In learning these new skills it has directed my interests towards costume designs. Through out all the previous projects I was always drawn to costume designers such as Paul brown and Marie Hackman and understanding the concept behind them.

Section 2: Project Concept – Aims and Realisation (approx 250 words)

What attracted me the most to Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest is the concept and exploration of freedom and thus the effects of repressing one’s impulses and desires. I want to explore the way Kesey draws parallels between sexual repression and freedom- particularly in the way he suggests that a lobotomy and castration have the same result, both operations remove a man’s freedom, individuality and the ability of sexual expression. I also want to illustrate the way kesy portrays all the women as oppressors who have complete dominance over the men. Overall I want my final piece to express a relationship between a dominant oppressor and their victim. The way in which I want to portray this is with two costumes within the context of a short film showing their interaction. The research I will need to undertake for this project would be in the reading and analysis of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest (with its play and film counterpart) in order to fully capture the essence of the novel in my final outcome. Also I would need to research into mental health and asylums- In particular during the time when the novel was written. This also leads me into needing to research the effects of mind altering drugs as Kesey was a heavy user and believer in LSD being beneficial for society. Lastly I will need to research different materials and processes when creating my design.

Section 3: Evaluation (approx 100 words)

It goes without saying that I will document my work using photographs, videos, my sketchbook and workflow. I will also be using my notebook in which I will log my ideas, research, analysis and class discussions throughout the process of bringing my proposal to life. Further ways in which I will evaluate my process is by testing out my designs in order to see if my objectives are being reached in terms of the overall message and atmosphere of my costumes. Firstly I will test my work by modelling them to an audience and asking for their feedback on the design and the effect it had on them. I will also ask for the feedback of the models wearing the costumes in order to assess whether they’re practical to perform in, as well as if they fit and move well. I will also take multiple colour test shots and experiment with lighting in order to see the way it affects the appearance of the costume. I intend to repeat each of these tasks throughout each stage of bringing my designs to life.

Proposed Research Sources and Bibliography (Harvard Format)                              


  • Bornstein, Kate “Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws” (2006) Seven Stories Press
  • Conrad, Joseph “The Secret Agent” (1907) Methuen Publishing
  • De Quincey, Thomas “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater” (1800) Oxford World's Classics
  • Gilman, Sander “Disease and representation: Images of illness from madness to Aids” (1988) Cornell University Press
  • Iversen, Leslie “Speed>Ecstacy>Ritalin: The Science of Amphetamines” (2006) Oxford University Press
  • Kahn, Jeffrey MD “Angst: Origins of anxiety and depression” (2013) Oxford University Press
  • Kaysen, Susanna “Girl interrupted” (1999) Random House
  • Kesey, Ken “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) Penguin Group
  • Levenkron, Steven “Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation” (1998) W.W.Norton & Company
  • Scull, Andrew “Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine” (2015) Princeton University Press
  • Showalter, Elaine “The female Malady: Women, madness and English Culture, 1830- 1980” (1985) Virago Press


  • Control (2007) directed by Anton Corbyn, Momentum Pictures, 122mins
  • Girl Interrupted (1999) directed by James Mangold, Columbia Pictures, 127mins
  • I Believe in Unicorns (2014) directed by Leah Meyerhoff, Gravitas Ventures, 80mins
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) directed by Milos Forman, United Artists, 128mins
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) directed by Robert Wiene, Sfinks,80mins



  • Welcome Collection (2007) “States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness” London
  • Bethlem Museum of the Mind (2015) “YOUTOPIA: Visions of the Past, Present and Future” Kent

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