Painting a Costume

Most of the costumes I create have embellishments such as ribbons, braid, beads, sequins, rhinestones, tassels, fur and feathers, all of which are attached to the fabric by hand with needle and thread. However, one costume I made stands alone:  its decoration is painted directly onto the bodice, skirt and sleeves. This is “Columbine” and […]

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Fabrics & Embellishments: The Legend of Azyiade

It’s always exciting to begin a new costume, especially something as exotic and opulent as those worn in this short, one act ballet, with music by Rimsky-Korsakov, who also composed the music for the better-known ballet, “Scheherazade.” “Azyiade” debuted in 1910, with Pavlova dancing the role of the innocent captive and Mikhail Mordkin the barbaric […]

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