As we all know, Janis Joplin passed at the age of 27 of a heroin overdose. Before her rockstar image became an iconic one, she traveled all over the world jamming to the Blues with her band ‘Chantels’ and her back up singers the ‘Joplinaries.’ She was amongst legendary greats such as: Aretha Franklin, Etta james, Patti Smith, Jimmy Hendrix, Bessie Smith, Jim Morrison etcetera. In commemoration of her epic music and 60s blues/rock appeal; Broadway has decided to produce the musical, ‘A Night With Janis Joplin.’ Through wardrobe and set design they take the audience back to the psychedelic 60s. Merging gifts of Woodstock with bits of the radical movement. The 60s/70s fashions are still dibble dabbling back into the circle of modern day styles.
Amy Clark and John Townsend Complimented each others designs. Clark dressed the characters in dark velvet bell bottoms and vests with platform shoes. Mary Bridget Davies plays the late Joplin. She is stockier in stature, however, the wardrobe and energetic personality helped her become one with the Joplin spirit. Joplin wasn’t big on the Mod era fashions, she was the culprit of the sculpted hippie/psychedelic fashioners. Some of the actresses wore floor sweeping denim bell bottoms with floral peasant tops and suede fringe vests. Others wore wispy maxi dresses with psychedelic prints. The outfits matched scrupulously to the particular singer; accompanied by Joplin’s collection of threadbare tops. Townsend played off of Clark’s designs by curating blue on blue lighting schemes that correlated with the deep velvet vesture draped on the pantomimist.
In the grand scheme of things; where would fashion be without great rockstars that catapulted the 60s era? Or, Costume Designers like Amy Clark that are good at re-imagining the presence of a legend.
The Real Janis Joplin
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Posted By: JoBell