I am very excited about my latest project. It is not only a costume project but a dance venture as well. The studio owner where I teach ballet suggested we create another ballet for next spring as we have done in years past. I came up with the idea for an "Alice in Wonderland" production. It has since evolved into including all the classes at the studio, not just ballet. So it will be one big studio-wide-hip hop-tap-jazz-acro-music-theatre-ballet extravaganza. I can't tell you how excited we all are. We as teachers will be playing the main characters, and I have offered to make our costumes. I have an ultimate goal in my business of creating a rental inventory, so I will make our lead characters' costumes and keep them for future rentals. I think I will also be helping with some of the students' costumes, but we need class head counts and such.
There are four of us that are teachers plus two assistants. I will be playing Alice, which I am super excited about. The owner will be the White Rabbit, the two other teachers will be the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter, and our assistants will be the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat. I know that leaves the Caterpillar, but I think we will have more than one. Our goal in making us the lead characters is to avoid rehearsal time outside of classes.
I am getting my inspiration for these costumes in so many places. I am taking aspects of the most recent Alice movie and combining them with how the characters feel to me. I also take into consideration what style of dance we will be performing. My Alice costume, for example will be a dress, but with a definite ballet style to it. One of the aspects of Alice's costume in the new movie I really like was the use of black details on the blue dress. My plan at this point is to use machine embroidery along the edges. Once I come up with a rendering I will post it.
For the Red Queen, I see her as very Elizabethan. The dancer for this role wants her hair and makeup like the Queen in the new movie. I will be using red, black and gold, and I have found the perfect sceptor!
I will be continuing this at a later time, I must be off to bed....