A RIBBON ABOUT A BOMB
For the immersive play A Ribbon About A Bomb, the character of surrealist Leonora Carrington delivers a monologue about how stifling it was to be forced into British high society as a debutante. To mirror this emotion in her costume, Matsy created a ball gown to fill an entire room. Using over 400 square feet of fabric, she built a dress that covered the room and climbed up the walls as curtains. The skirt raised to create a tent for the audience to climb beneath, where they could meet the “real” Leonora.
THE RED LETTER PLAYS - FUCKING A
For this production, which was set in the 1970’s, Matsy created paper dolls made of fabric swatches, images from vintage magazines, and her own original sketches. These were accompanied by mood boards with additional research from the era.
A little boy shaken by the loss of his mom, finds a motherly spirit in an unlikely place. (Below, Mood boards, BTS photo of Matsy dressing the monster, and a 2 minute clip from the film.)
MAGDALENA FEMANON’S GOWN
Matsy works as a designer and fabricator for NYC nightlife personality, Magdalena Femanon, who famously wears stilts to be the tallest girl at the club. Here is a gown Matsy created for Magdalena’s holiday photo shoot (She stands about 8’ here!).
THE ENCHANTED REALM OF RENE MAGRITTE
In the Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte, the audience explored the winding halls and multiple stories within the iconic painter’s childhood home. Matsy drew inspiration from the incredible aesthetic of his paintings, fashions of the 1940s-60s (when he created his most notable work) and added a bit of a modern twist.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Inspired by the incredible costumes built by the Haitian people every year for Carnival, as well as their tradition of building art pieces out of found materials to leave at the graves of their loved ones, Matsy created this production of Once on This Island using found materials, upcycling, and thrift store finds.
Pencil sketches of characters from Woyzeck/Production photos by Ellise Lesser
ANNA BELLA EEMA
Inspired by mother-daughter relationships from the past, Matsy created timeless looks for the rural family made up of: a Mother, a daughter (Anna Bella), and the Mud Girl - Anna Bella Eema.