|Christine Daaé's Don Juan Triumphant Dress|
Her exquisite costumes arrived at the Orpheum last Friday, and we don't mind admitting that the entire staff was stunned! These costumes beg to be seen up close. Björnson's thoughtful designs are bursting with small details that you most likely won't be able to fully appreciate from the audience when you come to see the show.
If you've never heard of Maria Björnson, then you're most likely familiar with her credits. Her work has been seen worldwide in shows like The Cherry Orchard, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, numerous Shakespeare productions, Hedda Gabler, and of course The Phantom of the Opera. She's also designed extensively for opera and ballet in titles such as Sleeping Beauty, Carmen, and Don Giovanni. As if that wasn't enough, Björnson's designs have been seen in some of the industry's most acclaimed theatres: Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, Her Majesty's Theatre, Shaftesbury, The Globe, Prince of Wales Theatre, and the Royal Opera House, to name a few.
Impressed? If not, it's ok because no matter how many notable credits or renowned venues she had under her belt, Björnson's work speaks for itself. For example, pictured above is Christine Daaé's "Don Juan Triumphant" costume, which was inspired by Spanish folklore. The elegant embroidery and brocade stomacher offer great contrast to the peach silk taffeta. Also amazing are Björnson's sketches, which will be featured in the exhibit. It's easy to tell that even in the early stages of her concepts, she was considering how the costumes needed to move, what they needed to say about the characters, and how they should compliment one another.
|The Phantom's Suit|
The Phantom of the Opera Costume Exhibit
Dates: September 12 - 21
Times: Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Carriage Crossing
4674 Merchants Park Cir., Suite 555
Collierville TN 38017
The Phantom of the Opera plays at the Orpheum Theatre September 24 - October 5.