Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beyond the Stage: PHANTOM Phashion You Can't Live Without

Christine Daaé's Don Juan Triumphant Dress
Tomorrow, Friday September 12th, the Orpheum will open an exclusive, limited time exhibit of original costumes from The Phantom of the Opera at Carriage Crossing in Collierville, TN.  Not only is this exhibit FREE, it features original costumes and sketches by the late, great, Tony Winning designer Maria Bjornson

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
So whether you're a budding costumer, a Phantom fan, a Project Runway addict, or just plain curious, we invite you to stop by Carriage Crossing to experience this incredible limited time exhibit.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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
Admission: FREE

The Phantom of the Opera plays at the Orpheum Theatre September 24 - October 5.


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