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Creative Costumes and Props by Angela Dale

A concept sketch for a "tribal tech" themed dressTribal Tech Concept Sketch

Our featured artist today is Angela Dale! Angela works as an artist and a costume designer. Angela has been building creative costumes and props for theatre, film and dance across Canada throughout her career.


A photo of a woman modeling a "tribal tech" themed dressTribal Tech 1 (Photo by Zev Vitaly Abosh, Model/Dancer: Tanya Lee, Tech support: Dave Hrynkiw, Costuming support: Melissa Cole, Brianna Maryon, Makeup: Debra Kelly)

I find Angela’s entries for the Make Fashion wearable art and technology show particularly interesting, in seeing what the designer is able to do with a given theme. Her costume for the theme “tribal tech” is an amalgamation of elements of traditional textiles, formal dress and futuristic ideals that come together into something that seems unique, existing outside of any human culture. The incorporation of lighted elements shows off Angela’s technical expertise in her field.  


A gallery of costume designs for the Calgary Stampede grandstand showAngela's portfolio of Calgary Stampede grandstand costumes

Angela’s outfits for living statues are also great to look at – the ones seen in her portfolio seem at home in a Christmas-themed storybook, or as designs for elaborate toys and dolls. The exaggerated silhouettes emphasize the slightly unreal aspect of the performance. 


A photo of a woman wearing a costume made to look like presentsPresents, living statue costume

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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