Looking back into Zoe’s archive when she was commissioned by Oscar Award winning Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne to design and create the bodice and cuffs made from hair for actress Eva Green, in the Warner Brothers film 300: Rise Of An Empire.
Zoe enjoys creating pieces out of natural material, she likes to take those materials, hair in this case out of context rearranging it into another (as she has done creating the bodice and cuffs). Hair was featured prominently in Zoe’s graduate collection from Central St Martins, London in 2010. The pieces from the collection were photographed for a range of magazines such as Dazed & Confused, Vogue Italia but most notable was the shoot in Arena Homme +. Zoe’s graduate collection was called La Folie Du Ciel, the six look collection featured human hair necklaces and a jacket of which the fabric was hand layered human hair and pheasant feathers combined together to create the couture piece. Zoe used these materials because of the memories hair holds and evokes in others. Hair has a rich history, warm to the touch, women and men have grown, cut and decorated themselves using hair, most commonly on the head creating decorative patterns and styling throughout time.
Fast forward to 2:58 (up to 3:10) to take a look at Eva rehearsing in the hair costume made by Zoe in this footage below.
Watch the Official Trailer of 300: Rise Of An Empire below, featuring Eva wearing the hair costume at 1:18 into the trailer.
Stills taken from the film and behind the scenes of Eva wearing the hair costume.