July 21, 2010

Period Corsets® making the c.1880's undergarments for Santa Fe Opera's "Tales of Hoffmann"

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Take a look at this slide show, scroll through or just press play to see behind the scenes: Period Corsets® making custom short petticoats, c.1880 Alice corsets in brocade silks, Bustles in striped silk, bloomers,chemises and bustle pettiocoats.

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To see Ms. Wall singing in the Opera click here.

July 17, 2010

Santa Fe Opera opens "Tales of Hoffmann"-- Ms. Erin Wall sings a plaintive song in her historic underwear, chorus members wear Period Corsets®

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"Elle a fui, la tourterelle" from "Tales of Hoffmann" at the Santa Fe Opera 2010
In a room in Crespel's house, Antonia (Erin Wall), his daughter, sits singing a plaintive love song.
Video compliments of the Santa Fe Opera

Constance Hoffman is the costume designer for this production. Santa Fe Opera sent Period Corsets® yards and yards of gorgeous striped taffetas and brocade silks to make the undergarments for the 18 chorus women. Santa Fe Opera's costume shop made leading lady Ms. Erin Wall's corset, which she wore with our bloomers and bustle petticoat.  The women's chorus undergarments are seen on stage; each singer wears a custom Alice c.1880 corset and bustle in different coordinating silks. The c. 1880 underwear ensembles were complimented with a sleeveless chemise, bloomers and short petticoat, all constructed of the most delicate of batiste cottons.

Here are some pictures of the chorus's  coordinating ensembles. It was a delight to work on this project!

July 1, 2010

A peek of Period Corsets® Petticoats at the Met's curtain call of La Sonnambula 2009

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photo:compliments of operatictypepad.com

Period Corsets® petticoats peek out when the dancers kick up their heels in the curtain call number of the Metropolitan Opera's La Sonnambula. Most of the action takes place about 2:10 minutes into the clip!

See if you can pick out the Period Corsets® petticoats used as rehearsal skirts on some of the chorus ladies. Many of our petticoats are hanging on the rack on stage left. In the final scene of act one, the chorus members rip petticoats off the rack and proceed to fling them across the stage in a furor. A veritable petticoat storm ensues. Quite exciting!

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