I got to thinking today about what a difference it makes when a designer truly captures the essence of an artist in the fabric choices made and the textile design elements of a stage set. I don’t mean to point out something simplistic – like pink for girls and blue for boys. I mean little design details that are much more unsaid and yet perfectly suit and represent the artist.
For Beyonce, the floating fabric mirrored orbs hovering delectably above the stage set and amongst the lights, reminiscent of a diamond or jewel in a wedding ring.
For Mariah Carey, the combination of sheer voiles, powdered femme tones, dyed silk roses and custom crafted butterflies hidden discretely among soft swags.
For Stevie Nicks, the chiffon-esque soft toned drapery and borders, each with hand cut and carefully uniquely carved edges that billowed and flowed under fans much like her dresses, scarves and hair.
For KISS, the heavy black durability and glossy finish of a rip stop kabuki drape – with the heavy metal liquid mirror bling of their logo just jumping out into the audience. Hard meets glam. Rock meets mirrors and makeup.
For Trans Siberian Orchestra, the soft construction of an Austrian drapery for the main show reveal – and then the warmth and touch of Christmas in the selection of gentle red toned velour. Christmas glamour and electric rock comes to life in the music and the drapery.
For Rod Stewart, a custom cloth to honor his heritage. The Stewart Family Plaid in the round. A piece that brought us great pride upon completion. A sewing challenge of epic proportions!
The list might go on and on – as there are just SO many examples that we have seen over the years. How lucky we are to be a part of the textile creations. And to have a hand – however small – in bringing an artist full circle into a show that is who they are.