Carla Monvid — Recent Works

Posted on August 6, 2012

Carla Monvid creates illustrations and costumes based on period films.

These images are of work from my final year of art college, having just graduated in June 2012 from the Performance Costume (BA Hons) degree at Edinburgh College of Art with first class honours.
The first two costumes and illustrations were made for a film adaptation of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, set in the Colombian city of Cartagena at the end of the 1800s, just after the Spanish colonial period. They are inspired by exoticism, tropical birds, details from plants and flowers and rich colours and textures, encapsulating the novel’s romanticism, opulence and eroticism.
The third costume featured is for the character of ‘The Great Embroideress’ from my second final project: a self-penned fantasy film exploring Palestinian culture through a young girl’s imagination, as she learns about her own identity. I was especially inspired by Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pans Labyrinth’ when writing the story.
Traditional embroidery is a narrative in itself and central to Palestinian culture and identity and so in the design for the ‘Great Embroideress’ I  have incorporated the motif of threads and embroidery being broken down or unravelling as a representation of the challenges facing traditional Palestinian culture through the Israeli occupation.
Photos of my costumes were taken by the photographer Pierre Lequeux.

Carla Monvid studied a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Performance Costume) at Edinburgh College of Art.

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