THE DRESSMAKERS WHO ARE BEHIND ALL THE FROCKS.
The world premiere of Ladies in Black is about to open, and today the Queensland Theatre Company hosted a Behind the Scenes sneak peak of the dresses that will star onstage.
QTC’s Wardrobe Department is truly remarkable – creating more than 50 dresses from the late 1950s, many designed and crafted from drawings presented by the designer, and some altered from vintage frocks.
Their challenges are many – not only designing couture dresses that represent and celebrate the era, but ensuring the dresses can be ‘performed’ in by the cast member, and then also making sure the dresses can be Quick-Changed during the show.
It gave me a new-found respect for the teams who sew and design and who also fit the wigs, and look after these incredible creations during the season.
The collection was mainly all vintage due to the setting of the show – the Wardrobe Department has created more than 250 costume ‘pieces’ – from dresses to skirts and corsets, to hairpieces, wigs, coats and more.
They are passionate, so caring, so talented and love what they do – it’s evident from walking around the room.
We all tried to give our measurements today to see if we could have a opening frock for the night ….. but that went into a shut closest!!
Mark November 19th for this extraordinary piece of musical theatre will have its world premiere in Brisbane…. Queensland Theatre Company in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre present Ladies in Black. This stylish story of fashion, friendship and 1950s Australia will close Queensland Theatre Company’s 2015 Mainstage Season, with the frock-fest signalling a stunning and triumphant return of musical theatre for the company. From the adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, this new production is brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns and internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from acclaimed singer songwriter, Tim Finn OBE (Split Enz, Crowded House). We cant wait to see this!
14 November to 6 December at Playhouse, QPAC