Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, guest costume designer Tania Ballve brings her passion for fashion to the Quincy Community Theatre stage this holiday season!
While working on The Witches and Elf: The Musical, Tania shared her background and process for building unforgettable costumes.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a costume designer from Barcelona, Spain. I moved to Indiana two years ago with my husband, who is a biologist from Sweden. I love art, theatre, reading historical novels and Netflix.
How did you get started in costume designing?
I studied Fashion Design and, after seven years working as a wardrobe stylist for the fashion and film industry, I decided I wanted to design costumes where I could be very creative and change the story in every project.
How did the partnership with Quincy Community Theatre come to be?
QCT was looking for a guest costume designer and I got really interested in the theatre and the community, so I decided to apply for it.
How would you describe your style? My background in fashion usually shows on my creations. I’d describe it as contemporary and eclectic.
Can you share insights into your design process?
I read the script, analyze the characters, research the period and styles, design outfits, look and pull from different costume sources, build costumes, do fittings with actors and work a lot to make them look great!
Which designers inspire you?
Eiko Ishioka, Vivienne Westwood, Leon Bakst, Maria Björnson, Christian Lacroix, but these are only some of them.
Do you have a dream show?
I’d love to design Carmen (Bizet) because it’s one of my favorite operas.