Favourite non-replica christine costumes, as requested by anon:
SLAVEGIRL: There hasn’t really been a non-replica version I’ve been crazy about. But I like the Hungarian one for the ornamental “bra” combined with the torn fabric skirt. It moves well, and has cool details.
ELISSA: The Czech ones all the way! So unbelievably grand.
DRESSING GOWN: A tie between the Czech one with a corseted waist, and the 2004 movie (mirror) one for its delicate details.
IL MUTO MAID/SERAFIMO: I like the nice period flair of the Polish one, and the palette is kinda… muddy yet fresh. ’t is cool.
ROOFTOP: I’m not really crazy about any versions here either. But I do like that both the Hungarian and Polish versions feature Christine still in her boy costume from the opera (with a cloak on top). Nice nod to Leroux.
MASQUERADE: Honestly, I don’t like a single non-replica version.
WISHING DRESS: Not really a fan of any of the dresses here either. But I do like the tailored, hooded jacket for the Managers office in Poland.
AMINTA: I can’t stand any of the non-replica Aminta costumes. UGH.
WEDDING DRESS: They don’t even have a Christine wedding dress in Hungary and Poland. Neutral to the Czech one. However, I ADORE the 2004 movie one. Wonderful silhouette, use of materials + period flair.
I am so annoyed with myself! I have missed a vital clue on Christine’s wardrobe. Look what’s written on the mirror bride dummy sketch:
“PALE BLUE STOCKINGS + CLOCKS + SEAMS BLUE GARTERS WHITE SATIN SHOES”
“Bluestocking” was (and is) a common reference to an educated, intellectual woman (not always used as a positive reference, mind you). I don’t know if this is intentional here or not. But I like the idea.
Garters is self explanatory. BUT blue ones is a typical bridal reference, with brides often using the garters as “something blue”. Which corresponds well with the Mirror Bride wearing a wedding dress. It also tells of the Phantom’s extremely pedantic nature and/or preparation. Interesting to see that the word “blue” was added.
“Clocks” is not a watch. It’s a word originally used to describe a wedge added to the lower part of a sock to make it fit well around the foot. This wedge was often camouflaged with nice embroidery, and eventually “clocks” became a generic name of embroidery on stockings, whether it had the a wedge or not.
That’s some hardcore dress history knowledge from Maria Bjørnson.
(it should be added few or no mirror bride dummies has had these blue stockings and garters. The ones I’ve seen has been white, or they haven’t had any at all. And it’s also not what Christines tend to wear under the wedding dress. But the interesting part is that the Phantom - and Maria B - IMAGINES Christine in this. So as such it’s a part of her wardrobe, like the “Lost dress”)
Random question, but in the musical how do you think the Phantom forced Christine into the wedding dress during Final Lair? I'm currently writing a musical-based fanfiction that involves that moment, and I can't imagine how he would've forced her into it without her running away or fighting back.
This is an excellent question. I’ve never thought about that at all, which is weird, considering it’s a significant event. And you’re right—she absolutely would have fought back. She’s spitting mad when she comes out onstage wearing the dress. (That’s actually one of my favorite parts of the show—“Have you gorged yourself at last in your lust for blood? Am I now to be prey to your lust for flesh?” Gahhh, so good!)
Hmm…I do wonder if he may have threatened Raoul’s life in a way that convinced her he wasn’t messing around. He may have reminded her that he was responsible for the murders of Buquet and Piangi and countless others from his past. He had to have said something that frightened her into putting it on, and I mean something that she truly fears and that she knows he’ll act on if she doesn’t comply.
By that point in the story, Erik has grown quite literally mad with desperation. He’s no longer just frayed around the edges—he’s coming apart at the seams. I think his pain and anger would be so raw at that point that he’d reveal something absolutely horrific about his past to frighten her. He’d switch into villain mode because he wouldn’t know what else to do. He’d be aware that the world refused to consider him as anything other than a monster and he’d be exhausted from trying to prove them otherwise. And so he’d pull a Richard III:
But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass; I, that am rudely stamp’d, and want love’s majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph; I, that am curtail’d of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinish’d, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them; Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun And descant on mine own deformity: And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
Hey! Everything about your comic is beautiful, the scenery, the characters, EVERYTHING.Your attention to detail is wonderful and much appreciated :-) This being said I am very curious to know...what would Christine's wedding dress look like?
akjfhskadfh THANK YOU, so encouraging to hear<3
Ok, are you asking about the “wedding dress” that Erik gives Christine or like, Christine’s dream dress (i. e. if she married Raoul or something)? In the first case, it is the dress she wears at the beginning of the comic. More in depth here!
As far as “dream dress” per se….i am not sure. Christine has never been a dreams-of-wedding-day type of gal. I think she would have a hard time choosing between going all evil-queen bride or traditional swedish/sami if she had to do a formal ceremony. At the end of the day, she might be more into that woodland faerie aesthetic…reminds her of being a kid <3
Costumes on display at Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen, 2012-15
The costumes are on display in Sceneriet, the old set storage cellars turned restaurant/ballroom. Most of the costumes there are Masquerade dummies - Golden Lion, Bacchus, Gold Mask Lady, Mob Cap Girl, Mephistopheles. It also seems like a Degas wig has been used on a mermaid from “Peter Pan”.
In addition the Phantom’s main attire and Christine’s wedding dress is on display, along with the large Golden Angel and the Hannibal elephant.
It’s been on display in the basement of Det Ny Teater for some years, after the Copenhagen production closed in 2009. The room it hangs in is the old set storage room, and is today used as a ballroom and secondary stage. The gallery up under the roof is filled with costumes from past productions (*). They also have the Hannibal elephant in one of the corners.
Check out “Sceneriet” down in the underground restaurant Teaterkælderen if you stop by Det Ny Teater! If the room is locked, the staff is usually happen to open it for you. :)
(*) Last time I was there the display included the Phantom and wedding dress Christine, several Masquerade dummies, as well as costumes from Wicked, The King and I, Cats, Beauty and the Beast and The Producers.