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a conceptual design
des. Katie Helen Unwin
dir. Ben Davies
In post-war Paris, Jewish refugee Magda is imprisoned by her debt to wealthy film producer Rambaldo, until one night she invents an alter ego, Paulette, and escapes to the Bullier's club. Here she meets the handsome young Ruggero and runs away with him...
La Rondine: Making Magda's Bullier's Dress
Magda's Bullier's dress is inspired by the styles of the 1940s, a decade earlier than the opera's setting.
It was flat drafted from scratch, using a basic bodice block as the basis.
The dress is made from a royal blue wool crepe and features hand-beaded wings on the shoulders, a nod the the opera's title "la Rondine" or "the swallow."
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