I have been in the Boston University Theater in Boston for the last few days getting the costumes ready for Odyssey Opera’s 3-opera-festival.
Three different time periods, three different sets of singers and one great costume crew! Having spent a lot of time with that crew, I am struck by how talented each and every one of them is and how each has added their own signature strength to the overall look. Sometimes when I talk about “costume design” I wonder if people know just how many hands touch one pretty costume? I can doodle and dream, but without a talented team of drapers, seamstresses, wardrobe crew and eventually performers, they are just doodles on a page.
It is really wonderful to watch costumes evolve from the page to fittings to the actual stage. But it is an evolution with many “hand-offs”.
And long before my costume crew joined the “Odyssey” I had the production’s design team –the directors and the set and lighting designers–to talk with and bounce ideas off of. Each of these conversations help round out an overall look for a production. (It’s like a big, layer cake that get’s yummier as you drop your fork down!)
To me, this is what makes theater a yummy treat for the eyes, ears and heart!