The Full Irish Breakfast Costume »
(commissioned by the Bad Ass Cafe, Dublin)
Browsing Tumblr today, I came across a woman’s bag and hat fashioned to resemble a fried breakfast. It reminded me of my own experience fashioning a full Irish breakfast.
Around this time last year, the Bad Ass Cafe asked myself and fashion student Naoise Farrell to design and make a costume, based on the full Irish breakfast.
Some months previously we had made their logo into a larger-than-life mascot costume: the Bad Ass Donkey! They were delighted with the donkey costume and all the attention it received from the public. The donkey can often be seen galloping around Dublin City’s famous Temple Bar area interacting with tourists and locals.
Faced with the challenge, we launched ourselves into the design process. We researched the Irish breakfast that the Bad Ass Cafe serves. We made colour palettes of the foods we would need to make. We trawled the fabric shops of Dublin searching for the perfect bacon fabric! We spent a lot of time on the composition. Three mushrooms or four? All big decisions! How to make a grilled tomato from fabric, and make it look tasty?! This we resolved by grilling a tomato, photographing it, printing it the size we wanted and finally sewing it to the tomato skin fabric!
Because the costume was so enormous, we had to take apart the sewing machine when we needed to insert it. After that, most of the sewing was unachievable with the machine so we sat for hours, sewing by hand. It was tough but enjoyable. I have no idea how many hours were spent but we are proud of the result. So much so, that we had to taste it for ourselves.