For what we call “the ultimate dresses” for both Glinda and Elphaba, I made the decision to make Elphaba connected to the ground and Glinda connected to the sky.
The design of Elphaba's dress is layers that are built with over 40 yards of fabric that are stitched together to have a continuous sense of being from the earth.
If you look at the Elphaba dress up close, you’ll see that it’s not black. It’s actually filled with color.
The color that I was responding to was from looking at stones in the earth and gems.
It’s also about her becoming an icon.
Elphaba's hat is a play on a witch’s hat, but at the same time comes from a real fashion world with the tilt of the brim and this slightly accentuated tip.
Glinda’s history is looking at a very famous Dior gown from the 50s.
Glinda is light, and bubbles, and air. She’s always the lightest person in the scene.
Hand sewn details on the petal layer of Glinda's skirt. This costume is actually washed in a washing machine. The petal layer and petticoat can be detached from the bodice and put in a washing machine inside out.