Lara Southerland Berich
the decision to cast performers not of appropriate ethnicity for certain roles is not my own. I do not agree with or condone those decisions and I have researched and been respectful in the implementation of these garments while fulfilling the designer's vision.
Non-Western pattern and construction
These garments are all based on and for the most part true to traditional Japanese patterns. The exceptions are that the obi knots are fake and the kimono are not pleated up under the obi for height adjustment.
These garments are either drawn directly from photographs of Indian Royalty or a composite of paintings, patterns and motifs from Tilke's Costumes of the World, or a highly stylized representation based on any of the above. Usually the patterns are based on Tilke but westernized with a sloped shoulder seam and set-in sleeve.
Chinese and Central Asian Garments
These garments are usually based on Tilke but ultimately draped to look appropriate to the design aesthetic.
Greek and Greek-Inspired
These garments are musical-theatre greek, opera tragedy greek, or generally meant to be Classical in line and form but with significant stylization.