Swan Lake in the Costume Shop: Memories of Kristian Fredrikson

Guest Writer:  Laura Lynch, Houston Ballet Wardrobe Manager   Sara Webb and Connor Walsh in Swan Lake; Photo by Amitava Sarkar It’s opening day of Swan Lake. This production brings with it so many bittersweet memories. Kristian Fredrikson, the internationally acclaimed production designer who created the scenery and costumes for this Swan Lake, died in … More Swan Lake in the Costume Shop: Memories of Kristian Fredrikson

Holly Hynes Creates Tuxedos “Worthy of the Red Carpet” in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

From March 6 – 16, Houston Ballet will unveil the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s new version of The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, set to the beloved score by Benjamin Britten and featuring costumes designed by Holly Hynes.  Costume sketch for The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Holly Hynes Ms. Hynes has … More Holly Hynes Creates Tuxedos “Worthy of the Red Carpet” in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

From Storyboards to the Stage: The glamorous costumes and jewelry for The Merry Widow

Guest Writer: Ashley Roberts, Wardrobe Intern First as an operetta in 1905 and as a ballet in 1975, The Merry Widow has been performed on countless stages around the world. Choreographer Ronald Hynd’s glamorous production is once again being produced by Houston Ballet September 19-29 at Wortham Theater Center. Featuring lavish and spectacular scenery by Italian designer Roberta … More From Storyboards to the Stage: The glamorous costumes and jewelry for The Merry Widow

FROM CONCEPTION TO CREATION: THE COSTUMES FOR MURMURATION AND THE RITE OF SPRING

Houston Ballet’s veteran wardrobe manager Laura Lynch collaborated closely with two of three choreographers featured on Houston Ballet’s The Rite of Spring mixed repertory program March 7 – 17 to help them realize their visions for the costumes for their works. Dancers: Karina Gonzalez and Simon Ballet; Photo: Amitava Sarkar For Edwaard Liang’s ballet Murmuration, … More FROM CONCEPTION TO CREATION: THE COSTUMES FOR MURMURATION AND THE RITE OF SPRING

Costumes Take Center Stage with Rock, Roll & Tutus

Rock, Roll & Tutus is Houston Ballet’s exciting contemporary program. Opening this Thursday, the show promises music from The Rolling Stones, fast-paced choreography and incredible costumes. In particular, the dramatic black tutus in Divergence and the new, kaleidoscopic costumes of Tapestry catch the viewer’s eye. We went behind the scenes with Wardrobe Manager Laura Lynch … More Costumes Take Center Stage with Rock, Roll & Tutus

Return of the Masters: A Wardrobe Perspective

Guest Writer: Laura Lynch, wardrobe manager Photo by Leonel Nerio of Art Institute of Houston North As we open our 2011-2012 season, Wardrobe is just wrapping up a whirlwind Academy Summer Intensive and a partial build of costumes for Cincinnati Ballet’s new Nutcracker. The new season begins with Wardrobe requesting fittings on the dancers’ first … More Return of the Masters: A Wardrobe Perspective

Developing a Dancer’s Toolbox: The World of Wardrobe

Guest Writer: Jaclyn Youngblood, Academy Intern Many dancers look stunning and move flawlessly in costumes, but not all of them understand the decisions that go into costuming a full ballet. Thanks to one of two career studies courses offered at the Houston Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Program, Wardrobe and Costume Design, some of the Level … More Developing a Dancer’s Toolbox: The World of Wardrobe