In BTUK’s newest production, Aladdin, what’s your favourite costume and why?
My favourite costumes in the show are the Cave of Wonders, in which dancers portray rare stones and metals such as Rubies, Emeralds and Amethysts. My wardrobe team and I have dedicated hours to deck the costumes in crystals and jewels to create the effect of unbelievable treasures. However, the opening Market scene is bustling with full and lively colours, vibrant full circle skirts with beaded and bejewelled belly tops that mesh together and encapsulates the steamy heat a moroccan market would have.
Do the costumes need much up keep when the company is on tour?
We have a member of staff that tours with the company to maintain every costume and prevent serious damage. Each costume has been embellished with over one hundred crystals and jewels and takes a lot of care to keep in perfect condition.
What was your inspiration behind the costumes?
We have taken the tale back to it’s origins in Persia allowing a lot of flexibility in designing the ideal look for Aladdin. I have drawn upon inspiration from middle east cultivating in an amalgamation of colours and textures which truly embodies the exotic identity of our production. I picked colours for the different costumes in the market place with inspiration to vaguely represent the herbs and spices found in a Middle Eastern Bazaar.
Have you helped or worked on other ballets, and if so what ballet is your favourite in terms of costume?
I have designed the costumes for Ballet Theatre UK for five years and have been apart of many incredible productions. I have to say that my favourite show to work on was The Little Mermaid, due to challenge. I had to create two worlds that lived above and below the ocean, and the biggest challenge of all, the mermaid’s tail, that not only needed to look authentic but must also quickly transform on stage as she grew legs and became human.
If you could design any costumes for a ballet what would it be?
For long time I have wanted to design costumes for Pinocchio as it is one of my childhood favourites. I think it would be a lot of fun, creatively, to adapt the iconic characters such as the Blue Fairy and Jiminy Cricket. Now this dream will finally come true as Ballet Theatre UK will be touring in the Spring of 2016.