Thursday, August 28, 2014

Changes II

Last week, I got a great new job working for Lynne Mackey's studio, she is an incredible theatrical milliner. This bit of fairy magic greets me each time I enter the front door.

Things are going swimmingly. Everyone there is super nice, I enjoy the work and it's all very wonderful.

Then, today, she receives binders full of notes, images, costume sketches, etc. related to the next big job that the studio is going to do. She opens them up to let the rest of us have a look, and... bam.

Together with the superb theatrical costume shop 'Tricorne', Lynne's studio will be re-creating the costumes from Leon Bakst's designs for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1921 production of 'Sleeping Beauty'. One of the most amazing artists of the 20th century, designing for the most influential and innovative ballet company of the 20th century (maybe ever), for one of the most iconic pieces in ballet history. This is just a small sampling of Bakst's designs for the production. I recognized them right away, having drooled over everything Ballets Russes during many happy years working at the Museum of Performance and Design.

I almost passed out from the excitement and was beside myself all afternoon.

So. If I do a good job and can keep my cool through the first couple of weeks (trial period), she might let me stay on. And I might get to work on this stuff.

You better believe that I am going to be *very, very good*.


  1. I have no doubt in my mind. Just WAIT till Lynne sees how great and talented you are! Its just not a job to you, its another love of your life, and your enthusiaim is beyond belief, it certainly shows. Sincerely , Linda Martinko

  2. You're perfect for this job! Barb

  3. Lynneemackey@gmail.comSeptember 6, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Oh and you ARE!!!
    It is a joy having you in the shop! You and those very talented hands!

    I can't wait to learn a thing or forty from you! Looking at the tools you were selling has me so excited because I've seen and read about many if them I've never used. I am hoping you can show us.

    I'm hoping it's okay to amend the information on the "Sleeping Beauty" we will be building for ABT. - It is being designed by Richard Hudson based (and strongly so) on the original designs by Bakst. The costumes will be built by several shops in NYC (Tricorne is creating Aurora's tutu for the Rose Adagio for the photo call later this month, among many, many others.) and the shop at La Scalla in Milan.

    Welcome to the world of theatrical millinery!!! I hope you like it as much as we like you!

    1. Thanks so much for the additional information on the production design, Lynne. And for all your encouragement and niceness. I'm thrilled to be working for and learning all kinds of new things from you, and would be happy to teach you some new tricks, also. See you on Monday!