Monday, August 24, 2009

Iconic costumes

A delightful find from last year's production of Gigi was the name "Karin Wolfe" stitched into the bathing costume. Who was Karin Wolfe? She was Broadway's first "Gigi" and the first person to wear that very costume.

Our My Fair Lady costumes have an equally good pedigree. Leased from Costume World in Deerfield Beach, Florida, they are primarily originals and exact reproductions of Cecil Beaton's designs from the original Broadway production and the 1964 movie staring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. Beaton’s designs won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design (1956) and the Academy Award for Costume Design (1964). Costumer for our production is Jill Van Brussel.

Natalie Ford, who plays Eliza Doolittle in the Light Opera Works production, also portrayed our Gigi last season, and has gotten the opportunity to wear these iconic costumes for two of our productions.

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photos: copyright 2009 Chris Ocken, photos feature Nick Sandys as Henry Higgins, Natalie Ford as Eliza Doolittle, and Jo Ann Minds as Mrs. Higgins