This post is going to be a costume analysis of Christine Daae's "Wishing Dress" from the stage versions of Phantom of the Opera. I want to do a second post sharing my favorite reproductions of this dress, becuase I've found so many amazing and helpful links! But because this post contains a huge amount of photo's already, I'll save that for another day.
First off there have been so many different productions of Phantom of the Opera (which from now on I will reference as POTO) since the Original Long Cast back in 1986. Even though each production's dress is different, they are all very similar. For the most part they're all identical except for things like trims and slight differences in material.
I came across this website which has reference pictures from all the different stage versions of POTO. I went and actually printed out almost 100 pages of reference photo's at the library via this site. I've gone through all the different version to try and pick a version I like best and reproduce that one. But beucase they were all so similar I decided on just basing it on the newer US version and taking pieces from the other versions that I liked better and add them.
|My research book.|
|Original UK version.|
|Original UK Version.|
You can see there's a bit of a difference on the detail of the vest part of the bodice between the original UK and the newer UK versions.
|Newer UK version.|
|Mexico, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina.|
|Newer US Version.|
|Newer US version.|
|25th Anniversary Special|
In this one it goes straight. No seam in the center. I think this is the only version that they did that with. I think it looks better in the other versions myself.
|I believe this is from the newer US version, but I'm not sure.|
|Not sure which production.|
Here's my list of the things that are difference in the various productions and which versions I will be using as a reference.
Collar and Cuffs Details - Newer UK
Neckline - Newer US
Apron - Original UK or 25th Anniversary version.
Bustle - Newer US
Wig - Newer US, Germany, or 25th Anniversary
Now lets talk patterns. I've searched high and low for decent patterns for dresses from around the period. Here's what I found.
For the corset I'm planning on using Truly Victorian 1880's Corset. For the petticoat I'll be using either Truly Victorian's 1870's Petticoat, or their Victorian Petticoat. I'm still undecided. And I still haven't figured out what I'm going to use for the bustle, but I'll probably keep it simple and just use a bustle pillow pad. I'll figure that out once I made the mock up.
For the bodice I decided to go with Truly Victorian's Ladies 1880's Dinner Bodice, which I purchased on Ebay since I couldn't find it on the Truly Victorian website. It'll need a bit of modification on the front, but it's the closest pattern I've found.
I still haven't found anything for the skirt. If I have to I'll draft my own pattern. And for the over skirt/apron I think I'm just going to draft it myself.
And the bustle. I've heard the style of bustle/train called a waterfall bustle, but I haven't been able to find any patterns or tutorials on how to make it. If anyone knows of anything even remotely similar, I would love to hear from you!
Shoes. I would love to purchase American Duchess's Tavistock boots. I've wanted a pair of these since she first announced she was working on them! But I doubt I'll be able to afford them so I'm going to be keeping an eye out in stores and places like Ebay for something suitable.
The hair. Oh gosh. To get a wig that long is going to be hard! I haven't done much shopping around yet, so I can't say what I'm going to do yet.