Category: Theater

Carmen Production at WVU

Carmen production at WVU / 2.7.2013 / Photo by Madii Meadows

WRITTEN BY Madii Meadows
                       & Sara Cottle
PHOTOS BY Madii Meadows
Local happenings last week included Carmen, the 3-hour, tragic opera that was showing at the Creative Arts Center Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The brilliant costume designer behind this run of the show is Mary McClung, WVU’s very own Associate Director of Costume Design and Costume Director. Professor McClung has great experience in her field that includes working with immaculate companies such as Disney and Universal Studios.

I was given the amazing opportunity to work as a member of the costume crew for Carmen, which allowed me to not only get personal with the costumes and actors themselves, but also take a few photos and capture the behind the scenes magic.

It is magnificently apparent that the designs truly capture the personality and story schemes of each character, bringing the opera to life on the stage. From the cigarette girls scantily clad in their linens, to the ladies dressed to the nines with cat-eye glasses and straw purses, the cast of Carmen is delightfully saturated.

McClung’s amazing work with color scheme, especially showcased in the scarlet reds of Carmen’s wardrobe, helps liven the storyline and personify the tragedy. Other common motifs found within the costuming of the show include vibrant florals and bold colors, as seen in the following gallery. The costumes were by Mary McClung.

FBA: The Fashion Business Association (FBA) here at West Virginia University is great way to get involved and network with likeminded individuals who share a passion for fashion and style! Being a member has many perks, like trips, guest talks on hot topics in the industry (portfolios, internships, resume building, etc!), and making a ton of new friends with interests like your own! The Association meets every Tuesday at 8pm in the Mountainlair (room announced the week of). The next meeting is on February 19th, and they would love to have you there! You can find them on Facebook.
Thursday, February 7th was the start of the semi-annual New York Fashion Week which takes place in February and September of each year.
It’s 8 days of designers debuting their 2013 Collections.
The first show of the week was a New York based design company, Nicholas K.
For more information on Fashion Week and to stay updated visit:
or follow Fashion Week on Twitter (@mbfashionweek)

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