Del Boy Trotter meets Grace Jones
This photo-shoot, the first in Modeconnect’s Folio, features Fortuna, Laundrette Superstar‘s main character. Credits for its creation go to: Magda Durka for Costume, Fashion, Styling & Hair; Fortuna Burke as Model cum Performer; Lauren Becki Rowlands for the Photography and Christina Rae for Make-Up.
Developed with the guidance of Bryony Kimmings at Battersea Arts Centre, Laundrette Superstar is a musical comedy with critical acclaim and 2013 sold-out performances at the London Etcetera and Tea House Theatres.
Laundrette Superstar is also a team: Robin Gething, director & tech expert; Fortuna Burke, writer, producer and performer and Magda Durka, the fashion and textiles designer who created Fortuna’s costumes.
Fortuna, the comedy main character, is a self-proclaimed synthpop superstar who works part-time in a laundrette and lives in her Grandma’s basement. Her outfits, styling, hair and make-up contribute to define her character. Fortuna style has been described as Del Boy Trotter meets Grace Jones; it references 80’s pop culture and offers a comical take on 80’s power dressing.
Magda used bright, vivid colours, to match Fortuna’s devil-may-care attitude whilst creating a ludicrous contrast to the mundane, grey world of the laundrette.
She also chose and designed accessories to compliment Fortuna’s personality: a larger than life, free spirited teenager with a playful fashion-forward style. The red and black synthesizer in particular – a limited edition MicroKORG XL by Korg – is very much a part of Fortuna’s attire.
The first episode of a Series: Verandah is also available on YouTube. Check how Fortuna’s costume moves.
Fashion/Styling/Hair: Magda Durka
Model/Performer: Fortuna Burke
Photography: Lauren Becki Rowlands
Make-Up Artist: Christina Rae