I find it exciting and interesting how much fashion ends up playing a part in a ballet production. Houston Ballet is the 4th largest ballet company in the country and they are known for their exquisite costumes and sets. Costumes play a huge role in setting the mood for a ballet, especially in a period piece.
I recently had the privilege of touring the HB wardrobe department with Laura Lynch, Department Head. The amount of creativity and work that goes into creating costumes for a ballet is astounding. I have been on the Board of Houston Ballet for almost 15 years and they never cease to impress me with their cutting edge ballets, sets, costumes and music.
This article is the first of a series I will be running on the wardrobe department and their creation of costumes leading up to the premier of Romeo and Juliet in February 2015. This first post provides a peek into the layout of the department at the HB Center for Dance. The wardrobe department space occupies approximately 9,000 s.f. in the Houston Ballet Center for Dance. They also have a 1,000 s.f. wardrobe space at the Wortham Theater from which the crew runs the shows, stores the costumes for the current repertoire and does laundry. In addition, Houston Ballet stores additional costumes at an off-site warehouse.