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A close-up of the Skeleton Dancer costume designed by Jorge Jara.

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Putting It All Together

CREATING A CHARACTER

The process of bringing a costume from sketch to finished product requires a team effort. To transform an actor into a character, each artisan works closely with the designer, but also with each other. Each artisan’s unique viewpoint and set of skills complements the efforts of their colleagues. The final product becomes transformative, more than just the sum of the parts.

Here is a look at how the different departments work in concert to create one costume:

For the Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 production of Carmen, costume designer Jorge ...

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