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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2001 9:06 am 
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Okay, those I didn't see. I was thinking of "Blue Suede Shoes" which I didn't think were that bad considerind the nature of the ballet.<P>Could it is another expense issue. When I was working as a shopper/buyer in a costume shop I noticed that all the tastefully muted fabrics were more expensive than the garish ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2001 9:38 am 
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And then there was that "Midsummer Night's Dream," what with garish green costumes against a garish green background... We were playing "spot the dancer"... Oh boy, I'm in trouble now...<P>But I will say one thing. It was what the fans in San Jose wanted: a theatrical spectacle.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2001 9:39 am 
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Oh, LMCtech, why are the garish colors more expensive? They look "cheap."


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2001 4:40 pm 
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Maybe I'll regret this but does anyone have nominations for the most hideous costumes ever employed in dance?


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2001 11:09 am 
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I've said this before.<P>The all purpose modern dance pajamas. They are horrible. STOP USING THEM!


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2001 11:12 am 
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I remeber a SFB piece from the mid-80's where the women were wearing costumes that looked like saggy gry daipers. They were truly horrible. I think the piece was called something like "Pigs and Fishes"....Gross.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2001 11:51 am 
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Well, I hesitate to put this in here, because I don't remember which ballet it was, BUT, the women for one dance (it was a full length classical ballet as I recall) were in what would normaly be ball gowns with hoops - only they were about knee length.<P>They swayed back and forth and looked like lampshades....I just cringed.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2001 4:08 pm 
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If any of you with studios ever get those tacky recital costume catalogs, I'm sure you will agree that some of those definitely need a nomination.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2001 5:18 pm 
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Oh, recital costumes. . . .<P>I think dressing 10-year-old girls up as hookers is <I>extremely</I> offensive.<p>[This message has been edited by salzberg (edited August 28, 2001).]

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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2001 4:36 pm 
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I must say, we get a good hoot out of those catalogs, but I'm sure they are helpful for studios that don't have the time or the man-power to make them for all the students. And I know the joy, as a child of having something that's a costume. My very first parents' showing ever we got to wear swan "ears". Oh my goodness, I loved it when we got to put them on. COuldn't hear well, but hey, it was my first year of ballet - you think I was dancing with any rhythm anyway?<P>And now as an employee of a company that does have a school, but doesn't have a recital, I wonder more and more when I hear parents talk - are there truly some schools out there that are using the whole costume purchasing thing as a money making enterprise?<P>No, Salzberg, there are no pictures of me in my swan ears.


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2001 4:45 pm 
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I taught for a studio for a couple of years that did use the catalogue costume buying thing as a money maker - it was also a studio that was into the competition scene. That's why I only stayed there a short while.<P>Anyway, the studio owner said it was "expected" that the catalogue quoted one price that was printed but gave the studio a discount - which the owner kept. <P>Also, in my experience I found the costumes very poorly made. Even at that particular studio I had the costumes for my ballet classes made by a seamstress, not the catalogue.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2001 5:44 pm 
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<I>Pigs and Fishes</I>??!!! Oh, man!<P>And do you remember the one about a year or so ago about snakes and mice?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2001 6:39 pm 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>No, Salzberg, there are no pictures of me in my swan ears.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>That's OK; as soon as I learn just a little more about Photoshop, there will be.

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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2001 7:19 pm 
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Okay, okay...I must come to Bob Mackie's defense, even if it's in a small, small way: <P>He designed the infamous and very funny curtain rod dress for Carol Burnett's Scarlett O'Hara skit on her TV show. Well, he was the designer for the show in general, but that costume...gee, I'd love to see THAT one in a ballet...Any suggestions?? <P>Flash n splash and comedic history, imho...<P>Cheers,<BR>Meredith<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet-Bright Costumes or muted tones???
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2001 9:46 pm 
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I'm surprised there's no discussion here about the costumes for Ballet San Jose's "Red Shoes"...


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