Two of Katherina’s costumes for The Taming of the Shrew, designed by Susan Benson (1992). Photo by Pam Woodward.
The Taming of the Shrew was the first of two Shakespearean ballets that Benson designed for the National Ballet. Part of Benson’s technique when designing costumes for The Taming of the Shrew was to make charts of each scene, with swatches of fabric assigned to every dancer. Tones of coral, raspberry and peach, as well as shades of white and blue were used for the character of Katherina.
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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.