Giselle Costumes-Up Close

Here is a closer look at the costumes for Sir Peter Wrights Production of 'Giselle' designed by the great John MacFarlane. An incredible ballet deserves incredible costumes and these designs are exactly that. The 'Hunt' costumes I particularly want to highlight. Their cut and drapery are exquisite and considering these costumes are around 30 years old and have been through countless shows, they have really stood the test of time. They are extremely heavy, which I particularly like - before you even walk on stage and begin to act, the weight transports you into that position of grandeur and wealth. I think this heaviness on stage with fur and velvet in act 1 (in the peasant costumes as well as the hunt), makes the contrast to the ethereal Willis costumes of act 2 very clear. The  lightness and ghostly appearance of the second act really highlight Giselle's vulnerability. Anyway have a look yourself, and let me know what you think. 

Kristen as Bertha.   The shirt.  

Kristen as Bertha.  

The shirt.  

Sian in 'Hunt'.   The waistcoat.  

Sian in 'Hunt'.  

The waistcoat.  

Isabel in 'Hunt'.   The shoulders and bell sleeves are beautiful.  

Isabel in 'Hunt'.  

The shoulders and bell sleeves are beautiful.  

Calvin in 'Hunt'    All about the pleating.  

Calvin in 'Hunt'   

All about the pleating.  

Claire as 'Willi'.   Thin layers makes this dress delicate and light.  

Claire as 'Willi'.  

Thin layers makes this dress delicate and light.  

Akane in 'pas de six'.   The structured top contrasts the silk shirt underneath. 

Akane in 'pas de six'.  

The structured top contrasts the silk shirt underneath. 

Kristen as 'Bertha'.   Love the cross stitching on the sleeves.  

Kristen as 'Bertha'.  

Love the cross stitching on the sleeves.  

David in 'Hunt'.   This streamlined sleeveless coat is very much in trend.  

David in 'Hunt'.  

This streamlined sleeveless coat is very much in trend.  

Teo in 'Hunt'  All about the boots.  

Teo in 'Hunt' 

All about the boots.  

Tara in 'Hunt'   This V neckline is very Dior.  

Tara in 'Hunt'  

This V neckline is very Dior.  

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Me as 'Bathilde'  This is one of my favourite costumes in the ballet. 

Me as 'Bathilde' 

This is one of my favourite costumes in the ballet. 

Lettie as 'Peasant women'  Thick and heavy makes this dress hang wonderfully.  

Lettie as 'Peasant women' 

Thick and heavy makes this dress hang wonderfully.  

Me as Moyna

Me as Moyna

To watch these costumes come alive, watch one of our shows at The Royal Opera House, London.