Romeo & Juliet is without a doubt a beautiful production – expressive emotion, mesmerizing movement and, of course, bejeweled costumes. Take a peek…
Costumes are organized on the rack by Company member. Dancers change frequently during the production, but the largest quick change is the 18-person switch from the Market scene to the Ballroom scene.
In last week’s Romeo & Juliet by the Numbers, we revealed a handful of facts about the costumes. Here is Lady Capulet’s (Michelle Martin, Associate Artistic Director) Ballroom Gown. Supported by two hangers, this beauty weighs a total of 30lbs.
The gown, filled with intricate detailing, would cost several thousand dollars to replace. It is due to the expense of replacing costumes like this one that wardrobe does their best to repair each piece in the weeks leading up to the performance. For Lady Capulet’s 3 dresses, including this one, our two wardrobe people spent 4 days on alterations.
When wardrobe began to repair the costumes 4 weeks ago, they discovered that many of the buttons, brooches and bejeweled adornments featuring rhinestones were in need of repair. In the buttons above, they replaced each of the individual rhinestones.
(Ed note: They’ve since blocked this day from their memory.)
Ashley Lynn Gilfix, one of our Juliets, gets fitted for her costume by Wardrobe Master Alexey Korygin. Here they talk about adjusting the gathering in the fabric on her arms.
The costume shop keeps detailed records of every dancer’s measurements. Once ballets are cast, dancers are assigned costumes based on their measurements, and fittings and alterations then proceed from there.
In Juliet’s costume, they replaced all of the pearls and metallic fabric insert that runs down the sleeve. Metallic fabric can tarnish, and when these were pulled out of storage the shiny gold fabric you see now was green.
Tybalt’s costume (played by Ed Carr), needed to have the entire underarm replaced. If you look closely, you can just see the slight difference in fabrics.
For our Romeos’ (Paul and Frank) costumes, all of the sleeve grommets were replaced. Other alterations include re-soling shoes, as well as button, bead and snap replacements. The shop never cuts costumes; they only fold, adjust, pin and sew so as to extend the garment’s lifespan.
Romeo & Juliet opens May 11-13. Tickets selling fast.
Special thank you to Wardrobe Master Alexey Korygin, and Wardrobe Asst. & Shoe Manager Jamie Urban.