Aubrey, a white bisexual woman with her roots in Italy, is 38 years-old in 1926. Her parents are not alive, and she has inherited all the money as their only child. She started out her career as an actress but started writing scripts as soon as she could. Now, a moderately successful
screenwriter and producer of silent film, she has created a large network. She is proud to a fault and uses her charisma to her advantage. She is witty and knows what she is talking about, but if she sometimes does not, no one would never know. Working in the creative industry she follows the latest fashion trends. Ambition has given her a strong work ethic verging on workaholism. She has developed a loud and harsh tongue to be taken seriously at work and likes to hunt pheasants. A fine shot too.
The jazz musician Melissa, Aubrey’s girlfriend who she lives with, is the only one who ever gets to see Aubrey’s softer side. The only one she dares to be vulnerable with. Even when work is swamping her, taking time away from her sleep, she always makes time for Melissa and goes to her gigs as often as possible. Aubrey’s role in this narrative is to represent romantic love, and a problematic working life.
Aubrey will die in the Second World War during a bomb raid. Melissa will live on for another 26 years, but will not be able stay in their home and will sell the place to Louise, to escape the memories.
Being a person who works in the creative industry and with a past life as an actress, Aubrey knows all the latest trends. The fabric in her garments needed to be fabulous and new, and the cut on point.
I did several experiments for making the fake fur out of the wool scraps I knew I would get from the coat and hat. I knew fur was needed to make the costume look fashion 1926, but I did not want to use plastic fake fur, nor real fur (in my opinion it is a precious material that should be used for clothes that are worn in daily life, not costumes). Instead, I chose to make my own, an alternative route which tied well in with the surreal themes as well.
The symbol I chose for her is the scalloped shell. The shell is both a symbol for love and one of the most common shapes in Art Deco. The shell is also hard on the outside, protecting a softer inside, making it the perfect analogy for her personality.
The stylised shell shape is present in all her garments; in the cording on the coat, the seam placement on the hat, the cuffs and shape of the skirt of the dress. Of course decorated with freshwater pearls to keep the theme right through.