Anastasia Costumes by Linda Cho → Lauren Blackman as Alexandra Feodorovna
“A major focal point is the Tsarina, played by cast member Lauren Blackman, who is dressed in “50 pounds of costume that all dazzle,” Cho says. “She’s tall and gorgeous, and then she wears an eight-inch crown that makes her seven feet tall. Historically, the Tsarina would have been the most dazzling, and that real gown was covered in real diamonds and pearls. Historically, that dress would have been worth $10 million.”
Blackman’s costume is so heavy and massive, that it cannot be carried up the six floors to her dressing room, so it is housed in a changing area underneath the stage where a team of dressers help her into it just moments prior to the start of each performance.
“Her dress is an amalgamation of various different royal gowns,” Cho says. “The great thing about being a costume designer is that I get to just pick my favorite things from various pieces of research. Lauren has a tiny waist. The real Tsarina had five children, and was a very different shape than our actress. So you design for the actress in mind, and what will have the most impact onstage. We also had to balance the glitter factor. It sounds like sort of a frivolous endeavor, but you have to think about different qualities of shine, different textures, and different sizes. We lay out different things, and figure out a scenario that has the most impact.”