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Costume Renderings Mikado2 | History of Fashion Design

Costume Renderings Mikado2

 Costume Concept Statement

Our stage director wanted to heighten the fantastic style of our production of The Mikado by incorporating elements of Kabuki acting style.  I was asked to provide as close as possible to Kabuki costumes on a $3000 budget.  We deliberately made cumbersome items like geta (wooden shoes with stilts) for our entire chorus, put the court lady Katisha in a kimono that entirely covered her hands, and gave the Mikado hakima (trousers) that were one yard longer than his legs so the actors had to stylize their movements. The look of Kabuki garments was generated entirely by fabric painting done by our actors on a paint by number system.

Theatre UAF production April 1999
Stage Director:  Anatoly Antohin, Music Director:  John Hopkins, Scene Design:  Greg Gustafson, Lighting Design:  Kade Mendelowitz,

koko Ko-Ko

katisha Katisha

mikado The Mikado

nankipoo Nanki-Poo Act I

nankipoo2 Nanki-Poo Act II

poohbah Pooh-Bah

weddingdress Yum-Yum in her wedding dress

yumyum Yum-Yum

pittising Pitti-Sing

peepbo Peep-Bo

mikado2 Pish-Tush

 Female Chorus:

chorusgirl1 chorusgirl2

chorusgirl4 chorusgirl5

Male Chorus:

chorusboy4 chorusboy1

chorusboy2 chorusboy3

chorusboy5 chorusboy6

invisibleman “Invisible” Chorus/Stagehands

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