Well, it would appear you have an Egyptian man of no particular age, who, at some point in his indeterminate lifespan, decided to sharpen his teeth, cover himself in hieroglyphics, and grow an exoskeleton. Or you have something else altogether.
How many of the costumes were “made from scratch” and what percentage are vintage?
I cannot say the exact percentage, but where possible I used vintage clothes. In other cases, I used pieces of authentic embroidery, lace, or buttons that I found in the London vintage market, applying them on corsets or dresses made with new fabric. I also used vintage men’s jackets, waistcoats, scarves, and hats when the actors measurements and characters would permit.
(Gabriella Pescucci, costume designer for “Penny Dreadful”)
d o y o u r e a l l y w a n t t o b e n o r m a l?
"…for the monster’s not in my face, but in my soul. i once thought that, if i was like other men i would be happy. and loved. but the malignance has grown, you see. from the outside in. and it’s shattered what it merely reflects; the a b o m i n a t i o n that is m y h e a r t. oh my creator, why did you not make me of steel, or stone? why did you allow me t o f e e l ?”
“Do you believe there is a demimonde, Mr. Chandler? A half world between what we know and what we fear? A place in the shadows, rarely seen, but deeply felt. Do you believe that? That’s where we were last night; where some unfortunate souls are cursed to live always. If you believe in curses, that is.”
Have you imagined for one moment what this has been for me? An unforgivable transgression that has marked me for life. You think you’ve suffered? You think you know blood? You think you’ve walked on corpses? Spread them from here to the horizon, and I have walked further!
There is only one worthy goal for scientific exploration: piercing the tissue that separates life from death. Everything else, from the deep bottom of the sea, to the top of the highest mountain on the farthest planet, is i n s i g n i f i c a n t.