An adventuresome soul, Mark Zappone, creator of the costumes for Olivier Wever‘s new Flower Festival, has traveled the world over in pursuit of his craft.
One opportunity leads to another, an interest in everything around him drives him on, and lucky happenstance has often played a major part in his career.

When we talked last week, Mark had just come back from New York where he had taken mockups of costumes he is designing for ballets by Christopher Wheeldon and Edwaard Liang—he finds this much the best form, rather than sketches, for choreographers to view and try out his designs. (And he’s back there again now.)

Mark met Olivier, not surprisingly, at Pacific Northwest Ballet, a long-time affiliation for them both, and their rapport was evident from the start. Last season, Olivier asked Mark to build costumes for a new piece, later titled INAT$ (It’s Not about the Money).
They talked about a mystery, the passing of secrets, a bare shoulder, a flick or brush with the hand of the bare shoulder. Evocative light, a deep blue color for all three dance