07 June, 2009

Wicked: Galinda's Shiz Uniform

"Magic Wands: Need They Have A Point?"
This is the cream skirtsuit that comprises Galinda's Shiz uniform. Susan Hilferty said that she made the school colours of Shiz navy and cream, with students wearing various combinations of the two, so she could set Galinda and Elphaba up as contrasts. Galinda always wears cream (as the light, fluffy character); Elphaba in navy (as the darker, outsider character). It has changed over time... In its original form, this costume was comprised of a pleated dress, not unlike Elphaba's navy gown.
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The dress is a very basic collared shirt up until the bustline, when it becomes a very complicated dress made of horizontal pleats. There is a navy and blue tie fastened at the collar (which is an adorable peter pan style, with navy trim)
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The blazer, as worn in the original Broadway production, is a cream, long sleeved blazer with the fastenings horizontally to the left. It's skewed, not unlike the Politician Gown. The Shiz Uniform Now is composed of a blouse/vest combination, a fluffy skirt, and a blazer, all in shades of white. Julia from the Stuttgart production of Wicked wrote in to say that during NOMTW Glinda wears her Shiz skirt & shoes underneath the Bubble gown, and during her 25 second change, she simply takes off the skirt, puts the jacket on over the Bubble Gown bodice, and changes her wig. She didn't say for sure, but I would assume she changes into the vest during "The Wizard and I".
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The vest is a cream, matte fabric. It buttons diagonally, not unlike the original incarnation of the Blazer (see above). There are five small white buttons (you can see four, but I think there's probably one underneath the tie. She wears the vest over a white, blue pinstriped blouse.
Above--closeups on the pinstriped fabric and her tie. It looks like some kind of medallion...?
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The new blazer is very straightlined, not as random as the old version. It has slightly flared sleeves, and silver trim. (The one on the dress form is from the Australian production, I believe). It has three buttons down the front.
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The skirt is probably my favourite part about the new look. It's a fluffy a-line skirt, with lots of ruffles. Dianne Pilkington calls it a "kick skirt" and says that it moves beautifully. Details! She always carries a bag, says Dianne. "Any time she doesn't have a wand, she has a bag."
Her shoes are basically white character shoes with navy toes.
Her hat is a cream tam to match the blazer, vest, and skirt.
Pattern suggestions: Blazer: Butterick 5288 Vogue 8543 Vogue 2957 Blouse: Vogue 8476 Butterick 4985 Vest: Butterick 5052 Skirt: Vogue 7910 Handbag: Butterick 4148 Galinda/Glinda's Costume Directory

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Can you please update the pattern suggestion links? They are all outdated and I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you so much :)


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