Onegin Costumes: Metallic, Lace & Organza!


For this production of Onegin, Santo Loquasto redesigned the costumes from what was originally created by Jurgen Rose, who did the original costumes in 1965. Santo chose to redesign them because the material was fragile, and actually deteriorating!

Corps de ballet costumes from Onegin.

Corps de ballet costumes from Onegin.

I personally have had a long relationship with Santo that goes back to 22 years! He’s famous for layers and using lots of different fabrics to create layering on bodices and on tutus – he’s used this method for the Onegin costumes, too. He’s got multiple layers of net on the skirt, with beautiful embroidered lace and metallic thread. He uses organza underneath. The silhouette of the dress is very flattering! Santo kept the palette similar to the original design, but wanted the look to be more authentic; he wanted them to be more historically accurate.

With rented productions such as this one, one of our biggest challenges within the Wardrobe Department involves the varying sizes of the companies. Alterations are often necessary. (Luckily, the fabric in the designs are very forgiving.) The other challenge is that there are 4 sets of principal couples here, and Tatiana has 5 costume changes, alone!

Maria Kochetkova, Pascal Molat in Cranko's Onegin. (© Erik Tomasson)

Maria Kochetkova, Pascal Molat in Cranko’s Onegin.
(© Erik Tomasson)

We’ve also made our own nightgown for Tatiana out of extra scraps from National Ballet of Canada; it will live with the production moving forward. There is a team of 3 people in the Wardrobe Department working on Onegin – we spent about 16 hours on fittings and 80 hours on alterations, which is typical for a rented production of this size.

The color palettes combined with the sets are amazing. Santo has always been known for his comfortable, pleasing palettes. He really has that talent.

See the dazzling designs come to life onstage this season. Onegin opens April 30 and runs until May 8. Tickets are on sale now.

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