Sunday, July 16, 2006
Working with Color in the Costumes
David Zinn: Costume Designer
Early on we thought that it would be wonderful to keep all of the clothing black. Because the opening of the show is so dark, this choice allows people to be revealed as the landscape is revealed. When they’re in a white landscape, they become like crows or vultures. They’re these sort of raptor-like birds in very high relief. However, this is a long piece and we want people to have things to discover as they’re watching it. The black needed to have a sense of richness and we needed to link the various couples together in a way. These costumes have every shade of black hidden in them to make it more interesting.
There is some color in the show. The Prussian soldier is very theatricalized and his clothes are very bright. Currently, Boule de Suif has a robe that she wears at one point in the show which is very brightly colored. At this moment I’m not sure if it is going to be a part of the final product. David Schweizer (director) and I have talked about it a lot and I have really mixed feelings about it. It may be the perfect touch, or it might be really horrible. We just won’t know until we see it working on stage. I could justify either choice at this point. The Follenvies, who run the inn, are sort of colorful. They are in browns which, in many cases, would not be considered colorful but definitely are in this world. The Follenvies not high class people. They are country people and they are very warm and inviting. As an audience, we need to see them and know this right away.
photos (from left to right):
1. David Zinn’s color rendering of the Prussian soldier.
2. David Zinn speaking about his designs at the production seminar.