Ainsley jacket (c/o)
Remember that glimpse of a white holiday we had last weekend? The dusting of snow is but a fleeting memory now!
Husband and I took advantage of the wintry eve for a date night, out to dinner, and then the Nutcracker.
I confess, it was my first time at the Nutcracker! I was like a little kid- the costumes, the dancing, the festive atmosphere of the Opera House, surpassed my expectations and gave me a truly wonderful night to remember.
Husband went often as a child. He raved about the new costumes (fresh for the 2012 production, Artistic Director and Choreographer Mikko Nissinen debuted all new sets and costumes, by award winning designer Robert Perdziola). A process which began in 2011 and is detailed in Mr. Perdziola's beautifully rendered sketches below.
The sumptuous costumes contain over 200,000 jewels, with 182 costumes appearing on stage nightly, and over 350 produced in total. The sugar plum and dew drop looks alone have over 3,600 jewels on tutus and bodices. The mice costumes have an unbelievable 15,000 yards of tulle trim. As if this wasn't enough, each and every single gorgeous set was painted by hand and domestically made.
Want to take in the spectacle yet? You should. For more information on the production, and how to obtain tickets, click here. The production runs through the end of December.
Images (from top): Robert Perdziola's sketches of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen