Jessica Margolis Dresses for Another World
If you opened the door to another world and decided to step through, what would you wear?
Perhaps it’s not the first question that comes to mind when considering travel to another plane, but maybe it should be. As stylist and costume designer Jessica Margolis proves in Lindsey Stirling’s music video “Take Flight,” even the most surprising journey deserves an injection of style. When the violinist opens her door to find a different reality on the other side of it, she thoughtfully dons a wool-hooded cape to step into her new adventure. Jessica’s choice of the hooded cape on top of the comfortably athletic ensemble brings Stirling into a century long tradition of high fantasy. This long held convention adds context to the wordless tale, telling an emotional story that isn’t tethered to the rules of this world, but speaks to larger universal truths.
From rowing a boat through the clouds, to navigating an Escher inspired room, or climbing a ladder that acts as a literal bridge from the true to the fantastical, Stirling’s costume acts as an integral element of her story. It reminds of us the tales this video makes her a contemporary for, and writes a context crucial to the video.