(the bustier that Lady Gaga wore in her Applause video, made in under 24 hours)
Creativity. Inspiration. Sometimes we are full, other times we wait for the divine to tap us on the shoulder to make things. But, that’s not how it works in the world of professional art, or in life in general. How do artists rise to the occasion of creating “on demand” rather than on one’s own inspired time?
Parker Voss co-designed this bustier with the brilliant Olivier Theyskens for a Lady Gaga video in one full day’s time. Considering the magnitude of the project, given that it had to be extraordinary, the process had to be allowed rather than forced… but it had to get done! Here, Parker shares what lessons came from a rush of creativity…including a brilliant finished form!
Often a project needs to be completed whether or not we know how it’s going to be seen to completion. The important ingredient is that we know we can, and that we must start anyways. With or without all of the proper tools, or the sure knowledge of how well it might turn out.
When designer Olivier Theyskens asked me to co-design and build a ‘bone bustier’ for a recently released Lady Gaga music video, we had 24 hours to finish the costume. That’s almost no time to execute an elaborate project without materials in hand, let alone any time at all to sit and stress about it.
The main directional cue for the structure was that it involved ‘bones’, and finding them in a flash almost had us knocking at butcher’s doors throughout New York City. Given the project’s rush factor and obscure nature, the process of building it became an awesome lesson in creating outside of the usual box. Here’s what I pulled from this experience:
Creativity can be energetically demanding, involving time, people and resources. It doesn’t always but at best requires teamwork. Few geniuses can pull it off in a complete way all alone. I know that this costume would not have reached full development without the two of us on board.
Work with what is readily available or can be sourced without delay. Preparation is key, though getting going is often more important. Had we not been able to immediately source the prosthetic bones (which was a timing miracle), we may have gone to making them with paper.
And completion itself is such a sweet reward … the final bustier ended up being styled differently than originally intended, yet another example of how to create unconventionally/from a different perspective.
Parker Voss is a New York native, Georgetown-educated artist and designer, Reiki master, and trilingual explorer of the world and wellness.