Demi-Character Costumes

I do love interpreting costumes for ballet characters. Some are quite straight forward and others take a more circuitous path from the choreographer’s vision to the stage. Danceability and design are key, as well as leaving enough room for the dancer’s interpretation of the character through the choreography.

Carabosse is the fairy that was slighted by Aurora’s parents. She is often in black, but we added some lovely peridot rhinestones to the bodice to soften this costume for a young dancer.

The black lace tendrils creep across the bodice and down onto the black tulle skirt.

A headpiece resembling hors completed the picture.

La Bayadere has some beautiful costumes and this I am often asked to make this style with a long split skirt and cropped top.


Bravenec Demi (6)

This costume has been made from a modified Jalie Skating pattern to give the look of a top that just sits across the shoulders, without the dancer feeling worrying about a costume malfunction.

Bravenec Demi (2)

Rich red jewels and gold venise lace details complete the picture.

This little toreador costume was such fun to make. The young dancer was so keen for lots of braid and sparkles.


Lots of details

And Thomas too the stage with great panache.


Thomas Barnett 2

The last demi character costume was for an imaginative piece that choreographed a forest fire.

AsCarmichael (forest-side)

As the dancer turns the audience can see the charred leaves and flowers.

Well danced Ivy …


Published by barbarasanders2077

I am a costumier living and working in Sydney's leafy upper North Shore. I specialise in dance costumes (particularly classical ballet tutus) but I also love the challenges presented by stage and film costuming and am always looking for new costume genres to explore.

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