Illuminated manuscripts are works of art, and Amanda decided to make them wearable. She took art from the Book of Kells (Trinity College has it available online) and made temporary tattoos and used them to cover her arms, back, chest, and feet. She wanted to be respectful of the work, so she only chose specific imagery and decided to make the accompanying clothing modest:
This costume is “personification of the Book of Kells,” not “sexy Book of Kells.” For this reason, I have generally avoided illuminations containing human figures, God or Christ’s names, and complete sentences (though there are some humans on the right arm). This is also the reason for the long skirt. I picked a dark green ballet leotard for several reasons, the primary one being that I already had it. The leotard is low-cut in the back, which gives me more room for images, but is not low-cut in the front.
The beige color of the skirt is meant to represent parchment, and the text on the bottom of the skirt is in a Book of Kells font. She chose jewelry with a Celtic design to loosely match the book and braided her hair with gold and burgundy fabric. To complete the Book of Kells costume, she wore book scented perfume.
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