A toile – pronounced twall derived from the French word meaning linen cloth or canvas – is a version of a garment made by a dressmaker, fashion or costume designer to test a pattern. They are usually made in cheap material, as multiple toiles may be made in the process of perfecting a design. Our Wardrobe Department at Opera Queensland uses calico or a fabric of similar weight to the finished product to realise the sketches of our costume designers.
Below is an example of how a design is brought to life from a 2-dimensional drawing to a 3-dimensional toile and finally, the finished product on stage.
PRODUCTION: OperaQ’s Candide (2015)
DESIGNER: Bill Haycock
CHARACTERS: Cunegonde (Amelia Farrugia), Maximilian (Jon Maskell), Old Lady (Christine Johnston)
The OperaQ Wardrobe Department never ceases to amaze us with their skill, passion and commitment to delivering excellence from head to toe. As we speak, the team is currently at the toile stage of our brand new production of The Barber of Seville bringing Tracy Grant Lord’s vibrant, Galliano inspired designs to life.
PRODUCTION: OperaQ’s The Barber of Seville
Brisbane Season: 9 – 23 July 2016 at the Playhouse, QPAC [READ MORE]
Queensland Regional Tour – Project Rossini: 29 July – 24 August 2016 [READ MORE]
DESIGNER: Tracy Grant Lord