Designing Costumes for The Gods of Strangers



Olivia Freear - dancer, artist and designer - comes from the glittering world of burlesque. Until now, she's created sparkling one-off pieces for Adelaide Cabaret Festival, but in her first job as costume designer with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Freear explores the muted tones of the natural Australian landscape. Freear's extensive knowledge of vintage fashion was what originally landed her the role, although she concedes she wasn't immediately certain her skills fit the requirements. "Ochre, beautiful soft salmon pinks, sage greens, beautiful light blue," Freear says. When designing the costumes, Freear considered the histories of the characters. Costumes are sourced from a combination of vintage pieces and brand new makes, with the help of wardrobe consultant Enken Hagge. The Gods of Strangers will run for three weeks at the Dunstan Playhouse after opening in Port Pirie, where Carapetis's family first set foot on Australian soil. read more...