I think most of you know I kind of got my start sewing of the theater and work for a few years in some of New York's professional shops.
So, when I found out the Washington Shakespeare Theater was going to do "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" I really wanted to see it, especially after I read this article in the in the Washington Post.
Here are the opening paragraphs ...
When the Shakespeare Theatre’s costume department saw the designs for the company’s production of the flamboyant 1962 musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the team realized it would have to use entirely new skills — particularly when it came to the feathery marabou trim.
“We would never be making gold stretch sequin panties for Lady Bracknell,” draper Randall Exton says. “So it has been a huge educational experience.
I attended this with my husband, son and daughter-in-law just after New Year's and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.
Below are a few more pics. One of them shows that costume above in action!
Seeing the play in person, it took me a few minutes before I picked up on that. They did a great job getting the muscle shapes very realistic.
When I was telling Martha McCain about these costumes and the weird materials. She reminded me that she costumed a production of "Mandragola" at the very same theater here in Washington and her costumes used some pretty weird materials, too.
These dresses, for example, were padded with form rubber ... not very period correct construction, but OH what a wonderful effect!