designer Ann Hould-Ward, who designed the costumes for Into the Woods,
won a Tony® and an American Theatre Wing Design Award for Beauty and the
costumes are made of many different materials including vacuform
plastic, vinyl, mylar, latex, and spring materials.
The Beast needs three people to help him into make-up, prosthetics, hair and
wardrobe. Originally this process took over three hours before each performance;
it now takes only one hour. To help achieve his animal-like appearance, he
wears special latex gloves and has special rubber toes glued to the outside
second act headpiece is made of polyurethane and weighs less than
ball gown weighs 30 pounds. Madame de la Grande Bouche's costume
weighs approximately 25 pounds, the majority of which is supported
by a weightlifting
belt so the actress carries most of the weight in her legs. Over the last
ten years, over 86,000 quick changes have been performed in the wings
with a total
of almost 900,000 costume changes.
During "Be Our Guest" over
45,000 top hats have appeared onstage.
costumes are really made of trash bags!
Many costumes are off the streets!
Colors of costumes are based on the junk found!
Phantom of the Opera:
Phantom's make-up takes 2 hours to put on and 30 minutes to take
off. The face is moisturized, closely shaved and the prosthetics
are fitted, setting immediately, before 2 wigs, 2 radio mics and
2 contact lenses (one white and one clouded) are placed.
metres of fabric are used for the drapes, 900 of them specially dyed.
The tasseled fringes measure 226 metres. They are made up of 250
kilos of dyed wool interwoven with 5,000 wooden beads imported from
India. Each one is handmade and combed through with an Afro comb.