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