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Topic: Costumes for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at Columbia University  (Read 6429 times)
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« on: July 27, 2009 03:02:37 PM »

I was the costume designer for my school's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella this spring. I wanted to share photos of some of the outfits I built! This was my first show, and it took a LOT of time, but it was worth it. The show is supposed to take place in the 1950s in a beach town. The king and queen are the richest couple in town throwing a ball for their rebellious bad boy son. The step sisters are typical 50s preppy girls. The step mother is an obnoxious lady lacking style, always wearing cheetah patterns. She is very haughty. Cinderella is very plain and simple in both her normal and ball outfit. The color theme was beachy- tangerines, aqua blue, lemon yellow, sand, coral. There's very little black or white. The godmother stands out in navy blue, the prince stands out in black and Cinderella in gray then silver.

Cinderella's ball gown was made from scratch with glittery silver polyester. It has a full, multi-paneled skirt with a straight across neckline. The white organza wrap is attached to the twisting bodice. The dress was made from a vintage pattern. Underneath is the most monstrous, huge petticoat I've ever made from tulle and netting. The shoes are plain black heels that I covered with a mix of silver and white glitter using spray glue.

Cinderella's daytime white blouse top is from Good Will, and the gray cardigan is my own. I made her skirt using a Burdastyle pattern and made the apron just winging it.

The step sisters' (the girls in yellow and blue) day outfits are poodle skirts made from scratch with plain white blouses and matching hairbows. I made the skirts and poodles from felt. I drafted a circle skirt pattern. I dyed plain white cardigans to match and grabbed some vintage scarves from my mom.

The step sisters' ball gowns are made from scratch with some cheap polyester and sheer cheetah print chiffon. They are supposed to look as if the stepmother forced them to wear the outfits, which is why there are in cheetah print, like all of the stepmother's outfits. The pattern is from Simplicity. I changed the pattern to have a very ruffly bottom and ruffly straps.

The step mother's ball gown is made from scratch with cheetah fabric. The pattern is from Simplicity. It is a simple wrap dress for a curvy woman. She's in the back right.

I bought the Godmother's jacket and dress from Good Will. I then sewed on a boa and added a ton of rhinestones for more sparkle. He looks great as a girl, eh?

The chorus didn't have any original pieces, they just brought in stuff in the color scheme. They looked great though!

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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2009 03:44:40 PM »

That's great!  I love the poodle outfits and especially the outfit for the Fairy Godmother!   Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2009 05:27:10 PM »

Great job.  You put in a ton of work and it looks awesome!

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2009 05:40:11 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2009 12:31:24 AM »

wow, such a great job, i love the white dress cinderella's wearing

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