Evocation rather than imitation

Costume designer Liz Vandal’s first challenge was to imagine a way to evoke insects without copying their actual anatomy. "The solution was to connect with the feeling of being face to face with a spider, a cockroach or a butterfly,” she explains. “Then I made detailed drawings of designs that interpreted their morphology. For example, the dragonfly’s wings are evoked by pants made of veined lace, and the mosquito’s stinger by a ‘Mohawk’ of fine red stems. The idea of the shell also became a metaphor, since the word ‘insect’ refers to ‘sections.’ This revelation consolidated my approach. "