All new costumes are being constructed for the new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on choreographer John Clifford’s direction. Our volunteer costume staff, led by Mary Muhlbach, have been working since the summer to design and build the new costumes. It’s a huge undertaking to outfit an entire cast but as we’ll see Thanksgiving weekend, their efforts will delight us with beautiful, brilliantly whimsical costumes to match John Clifford’s magical vision of the ballet. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of the process.
Inspiration for the Purple Emperor Butterfly costume: Costumer Mary Muhlbach researched actual bugs for the various bug roles in the ballet.
- Mary Muhlbach’s sketch for the Purple Emperor Butterfly costume: based on John Clifford’s direction and inspiration from the actual bug, costumer Mary Muhlbach creates a costume sketch.
Purple Emperor Butterfly costume fitting: once the costumes are built, they are fitted to each dancer.
Purple Emperor Butterfly Costume in rehearsal: a preview of the nearly completed costume on display during rehearsal.
Tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ballet, costumes, John Clifford