March 25, 2011 1 Comment
What can be more glamorous than a sparkling tutu twirling and floating on stage? Wearing one…
I have been surrounded by tutus most of my life, but wearing and admiring are two very different experiences. As a little girl, I remember sitting at the top of the stairs staring at the dancers during rehearsal watching every move. I was mesmerized by the dancers and the costumes. It has been a few years since I have worn a tutu, and I have to admit, I miss it. Today, I am 100% admirer and dreamer.
These beautiful costumes look delicate and impractical, but there is so much more. Each one must fit properly and securely, look gorgeous up close and at a distance, and most importantly bring the story to life. As designers, we look to almost anything for inspiration, but sometimes we forget about costumes. I believe, we are missing out. Tutus, as well as other costumes, play with layers of tulle, tiny details, all sorts of texture, structure, color, and movement. Although the costumes may be exquisite, the dancer’s body must easily be able to move and be seen. This isn’t very different than retail design. As designers, we use similar tools, but at the end of the day, the merchandise is what is most important. Costume designers and seamstresses have figured out how to express movement, beauty, and a story all in one gorgeous tutu. Can you as a designer do that with space? As you figure it out, you can join me in admiring the magic.