Anonymous said: The scarf that Raoul rescues for Christine in Leroux isn't necessarily red, is it? It doesn't note color at all in my translation, but I wonder if that's different in the original French. Any thoughts as to why they chose red, if indeed it was the ALW production that invented that "canon"?
Hi Anon. That’s right, Leroux never mentioned the color of Christine’s childhood scarf. It was Maria Björnson who decided to make Christine’s scarf red in ALW’s production. In Leroux’s novel, when Raoul reintroduces himself to Christine in her dressing room after the gala, he says:
“je suis le petit enfant qui est allé ramasser votre écharpe dans la mer” — “I am the little boy who went to collect your scarf from the sea.”
As to why Maria Björnson chose the color red, I have some theories, which I have written about in this post. I don’t know, however, whether these theories are along the lines of what Maria Björnson would have considered when creating Christine’s WYWSHA costume. I would recommend directing any PotO costume related questions to operafantomet and viscountess.
From a strictly theatrical costume point (which I have studied for 20 odd years or so, no biggie) could be down to effectiveness on stage. Red isn’t the pure compliment to blue but it is close enough that when worn together they affect the eye.
White would look too banal, and frankly looks like a gentleman’s item of the time. And it is her scarf from childhood so a vibrant colour is going to work on a staging level as well as creating a memory in the minds of the audience. Replace red with any other colour that would show up and you have potential for some off visuals in the minds of the audience. Her yellow scarf (looks like a banana peel on the waves)…
If it was black, grey, brown, pale blue, green of most shades or blue of most shades it simply wouldn’t stand out.
It’s pretty much a given that this is also why Carlotta got a new red dress- she was originally in the b/w dress for 2nd managers.
With a red dress she is clearly and distinctly set up in opposition to Christine, and underlines what we know of her and of Christine. And there is a wide range of red so it’s not a flat true red on stage either. Maroon and magenta and gold braiding etc.
broadway-idiot said: HI! I was wondering if you could help me out with something. You see, me and a couple of my friends are dressing up as Phantom characters for Halloween, and I'm going to be Christine. The thing is, I can't find a costume for her anywhere. I made a post yesterday asking if anyone knew where I could find a costume, or if I would have to make one, if anyone could give me some tips (since I've never made a costume before). Someone gave me a website url with her dressing gown, but it's almost $200
…and i don’t want to spend that type of money on something I will most likely wear only once. Someone else recommended that I ask you about a costume, so here I am! If you have any suggestions on where to find a costume or on how to make one, I would really appreciate it! Also, I would prefer either the dressing gown she wears down to the lair the first time (phantom of the opera/music of the night) or her wishing dress, both from the stage production. Thank you so much for your help!!! :)
My usual advice is to find a silk/synthetic silk dressing gown in a place like H&M or eBay or maybe second hand, and remodel this. Sew lace around the neck opening and maybe around the skirt. Wear a top/bodice/other underneath where the area over the bust is decorated. Maybe with something like this? It’s expensive to use, but fairly easy to make, or you can put smaller appliqués, beads and sequins together to one large piece. Add a sequined appliqué in front and back.
If you think lace is too expensive, you can for example buy a cheap white chiffon or crepe shawl, cut this into suitable strips, and trim this with a narrow row of lace. It’s similar to how they made this Hamburg one.
I hope that gave you some ideas. Have also a look at this post:
I just sold my two replicas, to non fans because no one here clicked the link to look at them :/ I let them both go at cost so $40 a piece.
If you aim for the original Sarah Brightman style you don’t even have to do much shaping, in fact due to the lightness of the material you can almost get away with a shapeless piece and just cut and bind the neckline. The belt needs no shaping and so you don’t have to try and make it fit.
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In amongst the poo that was today, I have stretch velvet. it rolls. It may work. But it is royal blue and wine red.
So I may need a new bodice (meh, easy) and to overdye the blue with idye poly Yellow that I know works.At $NZ20/m this is cheap and still cheap with dye. There is no bottle green quality stretch velvet anywhere.
I’ll roll a red strip tomorrow to explain what O think the World Tour ones look different.
But I have had a really no bad not good say and barely able to type. Tomorrow. No tags either as I really just can’t.
And crying some more, even now. For many reasons.
Anything happening next year that could link up with another big event to get a lot of Pahntom and Costume Nerds too?
Not the tour. Not that it needs to be said, 50 Shades of Paper Faces….
I am in tears. Not good tears. And then now, finaly too tired for them. And barely funuctioning to even press these keyboard buttons.