The Power of Costume Design & Fashion


There’s costume and then there’s fashion. At Big Top Ballet we’re always looking for costume design inspiration. For ballet costume and set design is paramount. Above is the beginning of a new series of costume design illustrations.

When our Founder, Elizabeth Boylan was taking acting classes, her coach always emphasized the importance of costume and scene props to enhance technique and the suspension of disbelief. He would challenge, “If you don’t believe costume has an impact, just put on a cape and walk down Granville Street”.

That’s costume but the same holds true for fashion. You may be tempted to think, people should just accept me for who I am, what I can do, how I think, la la la, if I’m a good person and do kind things. Right? That would be God and your dog that bestow unconditional love. People operate differently.

People make quick judgements more than 90% weighted on what they see. How you look, posture and carry yourself. Once speaking with you, your tone and how they feel around you is what they remember. The good news is you can use this to your advantage as an extension of who you are. I don’t recommend going for broke but this Rodarte dress collection is a dream.