Posted 22 May 2008 - 07:56 AM
I guess it would be too expensive to get European designers.
Posted 22 May 2008 - 09:44 AM
Posted 23 October 2008 - 09:19 AM
A complex knowledge of how a dancers body works, where they breath from, and also very importantly the aspect of safety and decency is a very strict requirement.
However to design for Ballet is a totally different skill than for other type of productions. I can recall having to completely alter a certain designers costumes, who had the wonderful idea of stitching lots of lacy appicques to filmsy chiffon costumes. This was totally un practical, as they did not last for even one performance, by the time the dress rehearsal was half way through, the costumes were in threads.
Trying to explain to the designer was a nightmare, as she just could not understand the problems. Boys fingers were caught up in the fabric, girls nearly exposed their feminine attributes and were unhappy about wearing the said costumes, in fact we nearly had a riot. (Though certain members of the Guy's thought the girls outfits were cool!!) In the end the Designer gave up, and meekly asked me if I could sort out the mess. This was no joke, as we were on tour at the time, with the premier fast approaching. We were without a proper workshop, just a room with a sewing machine we took on tour with us, but needs must, it was my job, and I obliged.
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