THOROUGHLY
MODERN MILLIE

COSTUME DESIGNER

The Production Company’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie” played out in a highly stylised version 1920’s New York City... the New York of Millie’s dreams. The director’s vision set the events of Millie’s journey against a twinkling beaded backdrop, like the inside of a giant art deco crystal chandelier.

 

One of the design challenges presented by this show was how to make the period silhouette of the 1920’s work on the modern athletic dancers’ bodies. The length of hems, dropped waistlines and sack-like period fit all had to be modified to give the immediate impression and elegance of 1920’s fashion, but with the fit and functionality of a modern garment. Dresses were made of stretch fabrics and built onto leotards, to anchor the garments in place and keep them streamlined. Sinuous design lines and garment details were chosen which were quintessentially 1920’s but which didn’t accentuate the often-unflattering lines of a dropped-waist seam.

 

Permanent pleating also featured quite heavily in the designs for this show. The choice to pleat stretch jerseys and crepes in a variety of “box” and “knife” depths, not only sold the idea of mid-twenties fashion, but the weight of the pleated panels helped anchor the dresses on the body. It also gave great movement to the costume, especially in a tap-heavy show, as well as being durable.

 

The joy of designing this show was creating a trousseau of sorts for the character of Millie. The greater themes of the script – the dual nature of dreams and success – were played out as much in costume as they were in song and dance. The story of her journey from simple Kansas farm girl to a thoroughly modern New Yorker was told partly through the clothes she wore. Millie’s wardrobe sampled all that 1920’s fashion had to offer a bright young thing.

 

 

Awards

Greenroom Award (Nomination) Musical Theatre

Costume Design for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” 2020

 

Director
Chris Parker
Musical Director
Peter Casey
Choreographer
Christopher Horsey
Set
Christina Smith
Lighting
Gavan Swift

Production Photography

Jeff Busby

PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY

BEHIND THE SEAMS

ILLUSTRATIONS

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Lyrics by Dick Scanlan

 

Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan

Based on the 1967 Universal Pictures Film Thoroughly Modern Millie

 

Original Story & Screenplay by Richard Morris

 

The State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne

 

The Production Company 2019


 

Director
CHRIS PARKER
Musical Director
PETER CASEY
Choreographer
CHRISTOPHER HORSEY
Costumes
ISAAC LUMMIS
Set
CHRISTINA SMITH
Lighting
GAVAN SWIFT
Sound
PETER GRUBB, KELVIN GEDYE and JOHN SCANDRETT – SYSTEM SOUND 
THE PRODUCTION COMPANY ORCHESTRA

Cast

ANNIE AITKEN

MARINA PRIOR

CLAIRE LYON

QUEENIE VAN DE ZANDT

ADAM-JON FIORENTINO

NIGEL HUCKLE

KEITH BROCKETT

JONATHAN CHAN

ANGELA SCUNDI

MIA DABKOWSKI-CHANDLER

SAGE DOUGLAS

MACKENZIE DUNN

KALA GARE

CHLOE HONIG

SUZANNE STEELE

ANGELINA THOMSON

LUKE ALLEVA

NADIA COOTE

EMILY CORKERON

ANDREW COSHAN

JOSH GATES

RUBIN MATTERS

SUZIE MELLOY

MATTHEW PRIME

 

Melbourne, Victoria

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