February 26th is the world premier of Houston Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. Renowned Italian designer, Roberta Guidi Di Bagno, has created the magnificent costumes for this period piece. Fine leathers were selected from the house of D’Alessio Galliano in Rome. These rare leathers are like pieces of art, with their laser-cut designs, embossed metallics and vibrant colors. There are also fabrics garnered from other sources that include brocades, stunning velvets and exotic silks. You might ask “how can a dancer move in leather”? Well, the highly trained, best-in-the-biz HB wardrobe department, run by Laura Lynch, knows how to solve that problem. They created spandex bodices for easy movement and then apply strips of leather with slight breathing room in between each piece. The men’s costumes typically have detachable sleeves for better fit and flexibility. There will be approximately 350 costumes for this magnificent production.
It’s been 28 years since Houston Ballet staged a new production of Romeo and Juliet but Stanton Welch’s interpretation of this most famed love story is worth the wait.
You can plan on the audience being overwhelmed by the beauty of the dance, costumes and sets for Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet. I absolutely can’t wait!!! Thank you Laura Lynch for the sneak peek of these fabrics and drawings. We didn’t want to leak any of the actual finished costumes yet 🙂 See you at the ballet!