THE WEDDING GOWN







"Angel of Music, you deceived me! I gave my mind blindly...."

This costume has changed little since Sarah Brightman's original West End version. What varies the most is what fabrics are used. The original gown was made of cotton damask and satin, and with 16 metres of lace frills, imported from France. The skirt had a stripy weave (only viewable from certain angles), as had the bodice. The bodice was also front closed with small hooks and eyes, but most later versions are closed in the back with bigger hooks and eyes or a zipper.

The costume is surprisingly pink/silverish white when seen close or offstage, but the reason for this is that had it been all white, it would look almost neon bright on stage. The silver/white finish makes the dress appear rich white with a colour depth. The US versions also use laces with a silverish teint, and it gives a most wonderful effect.

It looks to me that the pointed front of the bodice in the design is intended to have a pleated fabric ending in a bow in the back, rather than having white or silver ribboms as trim. The first description can be seen in the versions used in Australia, America and Canada, while the second one can be seen in England, Denmark and Japan, to mention a few. But both are in sync with the design.

The US versions of this costume use a heavy, ribbed clothing called "Ottoman" for the bodice, and zips up at the back (though the front is decorated with white satin-covered buttons to illude front closing). The lace ruffle cuffs is overlaid with silver-metallic embroideried organza "leaves". The basque is made of three folds of cream satin. The skirt is a silver-and-white flower patterned brocade trimmed with sloaping horizontal silver-metallic embroideried organza (same as the cuffs), and each row is edged with a ruched cream satin, picot-edged ribbon and sheer silver ribbons and white satin roses. The silver-and-white brocade used in the skirt is also used in the side drapes, and in the back a long train of ottoman lined in cream silk satin, with pleated tafetta frills and silver trims. The backdrapes are topped with a cream satin bow. Underneath there's a lace-trimmed tafetta petticoat. This costume has waterfall backdrapes.

According to a German source, this costume takes around 180 hours to make!



Costume design specifies "Kristin. Quick change from Zerlina Don Juan". Zerlina is the name of the young girl Don Giovanni tries to seduce in Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni". The Phantom variant called "Don Juan" is of course a clear nod to Mozart's opera, especially since the movie Amadeus served as inspiration to both the composer and the designer. But the role Christine plays ended up being called Aminta and not Zerlina, just like the role itself ended up being called Christine and not Kristin.

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