Possible inspiration for the 2004 “Phantom of the Opera” movie costumes
Designer Alexandra Byrne has said that instead of sketching out detailed drawings, she did concept boards for each costume. Here she gathered various photos, paintings and fabrics she wanted to incorporate into her own design. Because of this no costume design sketches were ever published - there might not be any - and it’s also hard to pinpoint THE historical source for a given dress. Sometimes it can be multiple inspirational photos transformed into one unique costume.
Apart from Christine having strong Disney vibes throughout, here’s some historical depictions I think reminds strongly of the movie costumes.
“The Empress” is a richly embroidered couture corset body, with extravagant spikey collar and hip-pieces.
It is made from rose coloured satin, with elaborate burgundy lace appliqué, antique gold synthetic leather cutwork, beading and Swarovski crystal decoration. The body has built in bra-cups and is closed with lacing down the entire backside.
The collar and hip pieces are made from sturdy thermoplast and are also decorated with Swarovski crystals and golden metal spikes. A detachable silk train can be added to the collar on request.
Historically inspired couture ensemble, made from soft black leather and intense blue lamé. This outfit consists of an S curve underbust corset, matching bra, a fishtail skirt and leather bolero jacket.All items feature custom-designed lasercut motifs, carefully arranged to follow the curves of the body and match up at the seams.
The bolero jacket is also decorated with quilting around the collar and hems.