Here is a countdown of my favourite costumes this season 15/16! This year has had it highs and lows. I thankfully have had no serious injuries that have made me miss my work, but have gone through a bit of pain recently due to swelling in the Achilles. I've had some incredible debuts this year,(Ballerina, 'Afternoon of a Faun') and have had a great time going back to some old roles (The Raven, 'Raven Girl'). Costumes are incredibly important for a ballerina. They help you to get into your role, feel your character, and give you that extra something on stage! So here's the countdown..
Christopher Wheeldon's 'After The Rain'. A simple halter neck leotard with sheer cut to the ankle tights, made this costume simple and a tiny weeny bit sexy! I felt confident and fierce, which helped a lot for this role!
Sir Peter Wright's 'Giselle' as Moyna. It's a classic long romantic tutu and is very beautiful. Thin layers of muslin makes this costume light and airy, which helps it to flow with your movement.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan's 'Romeo and Juliet' as The Lady. It's opulent, glamorous and fits like a glove, and the sleeves are truly magnificent!
Sir Kenneth MacMillan's 'The Invitation' as The Wife. I wore three costumes in this production and it was hard to choose my favourite. This one stood out for 3 reasons. 1. The colour. 2. The way it skimmed my body. And 3. Never has a costume put me in a role and head space like this one.
Wayne McGregor's 'Raven Girl' as The Raven. It has detail and texture this costume! The leather bust, with feathered arms and clusters of sequins makes this costume fabulous!
And Number 1 is...
Jerome Robbins 'Afternoon of a Faun' as the Ballerina. This costume is beyond chic. Just like the costume for 'The Invitation' it put me straight into the space and allowed me to get inside the character. I really did feel pretty and it's very unusual to have your hair down for such a big role. The light blue colour with the loose belt is so understated and fits perfectly with the choreography. I love this costume!