Conceiving, designing, and building the costumes for Olivier Wevers’s The Sofa*
at Grand Rapids Ballet was truly a cooperative venture. Olivier described the effect he wanted. GRB artistic director Patricia Barker supplied leotard patterns for the basic costumes, from those she had designed for her dance and yoga clothing company, BK Wear. Then it was up to the two Costume Department heads, Melissa Leitch and Clare Gardeski to realize the garments for the dancers.
Clare and Melissa, who have quite different strengths and interests, work together seamlessly to produce a wide range of costumes both finely crafted and inventive.