A look at costumes in Eternal Hydra with Costume Designer Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh

Designing the costumes for Eternal Hydra presents an exciting challenge. The play takes place over three different time periods, each unique and different in its own way. We start with current time period where contemporary costumes are required, modern day professional look to be specific. The play then moves to a 1930’s era in Paris, back to contemporary, and finally Louisiana in 1866, which requires corsets and hoop skirts. The other challenge that is faced by the design concept of this play is that there are only four actors, each playing several parts, and each of the four has to move back and forth between the three time periods with less than a minute to change costumes. The concept that we have come up with is to add a vintage flare to the contemporary clothing that the actors will be wearing, and with a small addition of a hat or a jacket complete the final look of the period. Thanks to the trend in fashion created by the show Mad Men we can actually make the fashion of the thirties turn to a modern vintage flare, and have this challenge work with us rather than against us. The 1860’s has been a bit more difficult, but fortunately with magic of quick change we can (thanks to snaps and Velcro) make it work. We have decided to keep the color palette in gold, browns, olive greens, and burgundy, a more of a fall palette and a neutral palette. This allows for the story and the characters to stand out over the costumes.

Article written by Eternal Hydra Costume Designer Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh

Eternal Hydra is the first show in Touchstone’s 2012/13 season and plays from Nov. 1-11 at Studio 16 (1555 W 7th). Identity politics, sex and the myth of genius all figure in this thrilling look at the making of a modern masterpiece. Find out more about the show here and get your subscription to Touchstone’s fantastic 2012/13 season here.

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