|The Stairwell Carollers -- Pretty in Pink|
The pastels served us well for a few seasons until the Steering Committee decided they wanted the group to appear more "professional". The final judgement was that this look was cheerful, but a bit casual and an executive decision was made to look for a different option.
Sigh of relief:)
|The Stairwell Carollers in All Black|
The Big Decision was Artsy black. This choice gave us the classical musician look and reflected the status of the group. All Black has turned out to be the best and simplest costume by far. It was easy for me, as the ersatz costume lady, since the onus was on each individual to supply their own outfit. We do look pulled together and professional don't we?
We gave everyone some simple guidelines to put together thir own outfit (usually from their existing closet) The Men's outfits were actually more restrictive than the women's, since we had to put our foot down on no collars (which scream casual) and polo type shirts (golfing!).
|In All Black at the Rideau Chapel in the National Gallery|
True Black pieces are a must. Greenish, red or brown-tone "blacks" won't cut it -- stage lights will show up the underlying colour in the material to discerning audience members.
collared shirt , long sleeves
Black dress shoes
Black socks or thick hose
No overt textures -- mainly in the front row.
No bare legs, elbows, shoulders or cleavage
No sparkly or glittery elements on the garment
No obvious see through elements
We left jewellery choices up to each person, but I always wear crystals since they sparkle nicely. Most keep it subtle gold or silver. If you are concerned, just instruct your group not to wear chunky jewellery that introduces another colour to the monochromatic outfit.
|The Stairwell Carollers Spring 2011 Group Photo in All Black|
The request for less skin was not made for prudish reasons, rather, for the overall look. Against the black, skin glows under stage lights and in photos, so we all agreed on covering it. For instance, elbows look knobby below short black sleeves and ample cleavage really picks up the stage lights.
We don't want to pull the audiences focus away from the music:)
Well, dear readers, this brings me to the end of the CHOIR HOW-TO -- COSTUME series for the blog.
If you need help with costume decisions for your choir, I'm only a comment or email away and I'd love to help you.