Shining, shimmering, splendid: Costumes in Aladdin the Musical
A love story between the orphan street-rat Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, Aladdin the Musical entrances audiences night after night into a whole new world. Costume designer Gregg Barnes allowed an ‘anything goes’ mentality, where the door was open to see the world as he wasn’t locked into a historical reality. Inspired to design outfits from traditional wear across the world, we take a look at the wardrobe in Aladdin the Musical in this post, where we can get closer to the outfits influenced from the 1992 classic.
A behind the scenes look at Aladdin
Gregg Barnes took inspiration for the costumes from the spice trade. As Agrabah is a fictional place, it meant that visitors could be worldwide so inspiration could come from anywhere around the world. In particular, Barnes was influenced by the Far East, the Middle East and northern African culture.
In Aladdin the Musical, there are over 350 costumes with 136 individual designs. In the process of making all outfits, 1125 different fabrics were used as well as 712 types of beading. Swarovski crystals also feature in every outfit, with 1428 crystals on each pair of trousers in Friend Like Me!
You’ve seen the film and sang along to Robin Williams’ iconic performance as the Genie. Now, what’s a better way to spend your evening than treating yourself to a little bit of Disney magic? Winner of the Best Costume Design at the 2017 What’s on Stage Awards, Aladdin the Musical really is a showcase of West End costumes where the sky’s the limit. Now, hop aboard on your magic carpet on a trip to Agrabah and fly to the Prince Edward Theatre.
Photo credit: Deen van Meer