Chas and I just finished watching the first season of Carnivàle last night. Can I just say that I’m loving this show? In addition to being creepy-but-not-scary which scores big points with me, once again HBO does a great job hiring their set and costume designers.
The show takes place in 1934 and there is vintage eye candy abound: old carnival trains, tarot cards, hand-painted fabric attraction banners, beautiful phonographs, art deco glass bottles, and ohmygod… the costumes! The fabrics used for the dresses worn by the character Rita Sue are particularly AMAZING!
I can feel the show’s aesthetic giving me tons of inspiration, and influencing my art. I’ve started designing a vintage-inspired carnival paper garland. I’m super excited about it, and I’ll post photos when it’s finished.
(Note: It’s done! And I love it! Check out the garland here.)