In our new weekly Wardrobe blog, our wardrobe team take you behind the scenes as they create the outfits for The Hound of the Baskervilles.
As rehearsals get under way for our comedy adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, our wardrobe department are busy sourcing and making the costumes for our actors to wear on stage.
In this first instalment they show us what is involved in the preparation stage...
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a big show for wardrobe, with a lot of different characters requiring a lot of costumes, so preparation is key to getting everything ready in the time available.
After seeing the final designs for the show and having discussions with the designer we start pulling costume ideas together.
The show is set at the start of the 20th century so we look at what the style of clothes were at the time for inspiration, from fabrics, colours and patterns, to ensure our costumes are in keeping with the period.
We gather a collection of stock images that we can then use for reference.
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We will use a mixture of costumes from our wardrobe store that will be altered and adapted to suit the period and style of the production, as well as items that we will make from scratch in-house and items that we source from shops and then alter.
We start by sourcing fabrics, mostly looking online and ordering samples to check the colour and texture.
We then spend time in our costume store pulling out a range of costumes and accessories to suit certain characters (see image below), ready for fittings with the actors.
We have also learnt some new techniques, such as making hats and smocking – which is a technique where embroidery stitches are sewn on the surface of fabric which is pulled up into tiny tucks or gathers. The resulting effect produces an attractive and practical way to shape garments.
The show has 3 actors, all of whom play multiple roles, so we are also looking at ways to enable quick costume changes to happen - but we will go in to more details about the progress of that in a later blog.
Now that all the preparation has been completed, when rehearsals begin, we will be ready to go!
The next instalment will look at costume patterns and construction.