FINISHING TOUCHES: Evita costume coordinator Sue Earle shows off the 1950s hats used by female performers in the musical production.
FINISHING TOUCHES: Evita costume coordinator Sue Earle shows off the 1950s hats used by female performers in the musical production. Lisa Benoit Roklevita

Sue’s flair for vintage fashion shines in Evita

BEFORE the cast of Evita could step on stage, Sue Earle spent weeks creating the costumes which would bring Eva Perón's story to life.

Sue said costumes grounded a performance, giving the audience references to times and places.

As the costume coordinator for Rockhampton Regional Council's latest musical, Sue meticulously researched every aspect of 1950s fashion, as well as the social classes of Argentina.

"I think it was a wonderful era," Sue said. "You just become immersed in (the research)."

Sue said having a production grounded in very strong history gave easy inspiration for costumes, hair and make-up.

Embarking on her fifth Rockhampton Regional Council musical, Sue said the starting point was always the director's vision for the production.

"My job is to get what they want on stage," she said. "It's a beautiful journey."

With good fabric an expensive commodity, Sue scoured local op shops for items which could be modified for each performer.

Sue sourced 91 dresses for Evita's female performers, including day dresses with matching gloves and hats, ball gowns and maid costumes.

Finding jewellery closely matching Eva Perón's own pieces was another challenge.

Sue said it was essential to make each performer feel comfortable in their costume.

And the job doesn't end when the cast step on stage for Sue and her team of eight, who help dress each performer.

Evita by numbers

91 dresses

42 coats and jackets for men and women

20 petticoats (including three hooped petticoats)

20 suits

13 pairs of braces



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