For many of us
enjoying Opera often leaves a song in our heart for a lifetime.
For our eyes, it is all about the costumes we see on stage. The
head costume designer for the Canadian Opera Company, Sandra Corazza
is full of insider information, perfect for when you're planning
an evening where costumes play a role.
to Sandra, it can be well worth the effort creating your own costume.
As examples, she pointed out a few costumes, which are being made
as the Canadian Opera Company gears up for its next season. From
an avant-garde lady's ball gown with asymmetrical lines and remarkable
detail to a blue satin robe with a beautiful trim, the level of
creative difficulty varies from costume to costume.
At the Canadian
Opera Company a costume originates with drawings, then the selection
of materials that reflect the period with which you're working.
The director and the designer come up with their vision of the
show, and then they present it to the teams who create the costumes.
Strikingly beautiful, dramatic costumes don't come easy. Upon
close examination of a piece such as a Baron's costume, the combination
of gold fabric, red velvet, appliqué on the back, and a
silk underside, you begin to understand the full challenge of
making a great costume.
how the creator often goes to a library, does some research, then
starts hunting for supplies in vintage clothing shops, fabric
and upholstery stores, ethnic areas and so on. You can pick up
a coat at a used clothing store, hack off the collar, add some
trim and completely transform it. If you don't have a dressmaker's
form, you could buy a gown at a second hand store and add things
onto it. The point is to become a hunter of-sorts, keeping your
Now that we've
opened the curtains on the Canadian Opera Company and its costumes,
we hope that you will be up to the challenge of creating your
Special Thanks to:
Sandra Corazza, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, ON, (416) 363-6671