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What are some specific aspects of the design process that Susan Hillferty describes in the clip? What does she mean by “riffing”? Provide specific examples. How does her design reflect the style of the production as a whole? Wicked specifically embodies the Land of Oz, and it was Susan Hilferty’s job to bring the Land of Oz to life through the costumes. She was successful because of riffing, which is creating and altering clothing in an imaginative manner. Riffing includes taking what we see as a normal everyday piece of clothing, like a long sleeve shirt, and accentuating it using huge bows and sparkles to create a unique item that relates to the show’s scenery and style. I believe her creativeness in displaying what we see as the culture of Oz allowed the audience to embody the
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Unformatted text preview: fantasy of Wicked. One of the reasons I really enjoyed watching the show is because of their ability to make the Land of Oz seem like a reality. One specific design process was her interpretation of the two main character’s costumes: Glinda and Elpha. The juxtaposition of Elphaba and Glinda’s costumes represented the personality differences between them really well. Susan was influenced by the clouds, stars, and sky for Glinda’s character, while she embodied an earthly coal black influence for Elphaba’s character. It created a contrast on stage that draws the attention of the audience. The style of the production is represented by this contrast because it plays a huge role in the show’s concept and storyline....
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