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Monday, April 11, 2011

Sculpture and Costume

photo by Robertt Caplin for the New York Times
Good article on costume design by Sylviane Gold, "What Befits a Legendary Queen?" NY Times 4/3/2011.

It details the process of costume designer Susan Hilferty as she created the clothing for the musical "Wonderland".

After coming up with the initial concept, Hilferty worked with the actress/singer, Karen Mason to ensure that Mason could breath and move easily in the queen's costume.The pleating around her hips is meant to evoke a fanned deck of cards. There are 80 fabric roses on each sleeve, (my favorite part of the dress). More than 18 people worked on her costume to get it just right.
Costume illustration by Susan Hilferty

 Costume development.

The actress/singer Karen Mason in her Queen of Hearts Costume. photo by Michal Daniel

2 comments:

Theresa Cheek said...

Would love to know how they did the graphics for this dress. The whole thing is really complex! Love it!

Patrick Gracewood said...

Theresa, I imagine that they silkscreened the black onto white material. But being Broadway they might have used a faster technology?