Straw Hats

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I used two methods of straw hat-making for the Opera Theater St Louis 2019 season. For Marriage of Figaro, designed by Constance Hoffman, I free-form stitched strip straw into the desired shape for Barbarina's hat. The crown and brim were formed separately and stitched together. For Rigoletto, designed by Mark Bouman, I stitched the straw onto a buckram base for added stability. The hat was worn by Gilda, but also needed to be worn by Rigoletto's ventriloquist dummy after the abduction, and the preset tracking dictated that a duplicate hat was needed. Both hats were made in the same manner, with different ribbon on the duplicate.

Barbarina's hat in Figaro
Barbarina's hat in Figaro
Side view
Side view
Barbarina
Barbarina

Photo by David Levy Pictured: Elena Villalon Costume Design: Constance Hoffman

Gilda's hat in Rigoletto
Gilda's hat in Rigoletto
Side view
Side view
Gilda's hat and duplicate
Gilda's hat and duplicate
Gilda
Gilda

Photo by David Levy Pictured: So Young Park and Roland Wood Costume Design: Mark Bouman

Gilda
Gilda

Photo by David Levy Pictured: So Young Park Costume Design: Mark Bouman

Duplicate hat
Duplicate hat

Photo by David Levy Pictured: Roland Wood Costume Design: Mark Bouman