In our production of Pippin, showcasing the legendary Bob Fosse’s exuberant dance style was the predominating factor in the director and design team’s concept. To achieve this, I utilized medieval characteristics and contemporary dance silhouettes with bold figure-revealing lines, vivid colors, and slick textures. Ultimately, my costumes enriched the performers’ strikingly articulate dance moves, while underscoring the wit and panache of Fosse’s bold vision.
A cohesive, visual design fulfils the director’s goal of storytelling. Achieving this required vigilance in character groupings, frugality in resources and budgets, mastery of technical skills in costume and armor construction, and expertise in wig and makeup tailoring. In addition, my knack for music theory and dance techniques greatly influenced the functionality and appearance of costumes.
While I initially felt intimidated with the daunting challenge of designing costumes for one of UNCG’s spectacular mainstage musicals (a task usually reserved for graduate students and faculty members), I took great pleasure in collaborating with my team and seeing my ideas successfully realized on stage. I thank the Lloyd International Honors College for awarding me a Summer Research Grant and I appreciated the opportunity to participate in the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Design Competition in late February in Louisville, Kentucky.