5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
The third horseman is the most widely debated of the 4. A lot of people think that this horseman is Pestilence, but I disagree. Pestilence is a plague or disease, and by the description here, there is not what the third horseman is meant to bring. In verse 6, the creature speaks of astronomically high prices for food staples (wheat and barley), and says not to touch high end items like oil and wine made from temperamental fruits like olives and grapes. Because of this, I say the third horseman is, in fact, Famine.
Design for Famine
As you can see, I didn’t add color to this design. I felt like I shouldn’t since it was going to be black on black on black. For my Famine (I actually was Famine) I wanted a Victorian look. The tiers of skirts were decadent and a bit over the top, like Famine was rich off of everyone else’s suffering.
Famine with Death and Conquest. Photo from Rotten Tomatoes
Famine. Photo by Simon Yee.
There was so. Much. Sewing. I actually started on Famine first, and she was the last costume I finished. There were a lot of pieces to the costume too. The mask was actually custom made for me. Originally I had wanted a black mask to go with the rest of the costume, but I liked the way the lighter color stood out. At one point, someone said that I was like a creepy, china-faced doll and I was the thing nightmares were made of.
The shrug was actually supposed to be my pattern mock-up, but I liked it so much that I didn’t even bother remaking it. The hood was really simple with just one seam. I wanted something to cover up my head before I put on the mask, just to completely dehumanize myself. Actually, the goal of these costumes was to create things that looked and felt less like humans and more like the demons they are.
There are actually two different corsets I made for this costume. You can see the first in the top photo. It is made from a black on black brocade and has points at the top and bottom. I wore that on day 2 of ComicCon. The pinstripe corset was made to match the shrug and was worn the third day of ComicCon. Of the two, I prefer the look of the pinstripe corset, but the brocade has a little more cinching power to it.
The skirts… oh the skirts. They were actually a lot fuller than shown in the photo. I think the angle of the picture is making them look weird. In the order I had to put them on, there was a hoop skirt, a broadcloth petticoat, a two layer tulle petticoat, the long skirt, the middle skirt and the short skirt. I made both of the petticoats and all three skirts. The skirts were all cut at the same time to the same length. I then trimmed the middle and short skirts to be 4 inches shorter than the skirt below them and added a 6 inch ruffle. They also had ribbon inserted into channels on the seam allowances that let me gather them up as I wanted to. I gathered the short skirt on every seam, and the middle skirt on every other seam. The long skirt was left ungathered.