On Thursday, 14 April 2011, Studio 8 at the Ballet Centre was packed with Society Members and their guests to hear Michael Williams, Wardrobe Production Manager, and Barbara Langley, Wardrobe Manager, talk about their beautiful display of costumes from "THE MERRY WIDOW".
Michael wore a fine top hat while he told the story of this most popular ballet and Barbara showed off the details of each of the dozen or more costumes worn by the dancers, from Principals to the Corps de ballet.
The detail of work in each costume is extraordinary and the colours a riotous blaze to suit the times. The milliners of The Australian Ballet must have really enjoyed themselves meeting the challenge of creating a mass of magnificent hats and accessories.
Michael and Barbara spoke of the search for the materials from around the world and the skill of those who dye the fabrics, those cutters and costumiers who build the garments and the designers who create them. Not only must the costumes meet the designer's vision, they must be able to withstand the rigours of continual use and cleaning.
Do you remember the floor-length, white feathered cloak worn by Hannah at the end of the ballet? Barbara took advantage of our function to put it on and display its beauty to the audience who applauded her 'star' performance.
President Josie Woodgate, OAM, admires Hanna's feathered cloak.
It was a lovely evening topped off by a tasty supper and lots of talk amongst Members and guests. Congratulations to the caterers - Members of the Committee of the Ballet Society!