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How a visit to the Costume Shop made me want to be a designer
It all started innocently enough. Nine year-old Natalie Beier, who always loved art and fashion, needed to do research on costume design for an upcoming school production of Anne of Green Gables. For her research, she came to the opera with her family, went to the library, and ultimately got a very special glimpse into San Francisco Opera's Costume Shop. And for the budding costume designer, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arose: to be a supernumerary or "super" chick in this summer's production of The Magic Flute!

The post that follows comes from Natalie's final presentation to her class about "How to be a Costume Designer." We see a bright future for Natalie in the world of opera costumes!

Posted: 6/20/2012 2:38:21 PM by Natalie Beier ("Super" Chick and Budding Costume Designer)
Filed under: 2011-12Season, costumes, JunKaneko, supernumerary, themagicflute


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