Fashion Flashback: Santo Loquasto

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As the spring ballet season and Broadway’s spring season are in full swing, Fashion Reverie looks back at one of the most prolific costume designers for both ballet and the Broadway stage, Santo Loquasto.

Spring 2017 is turning out to be a banner season for Santo Loquasto. American Ballet Theatre is performing “Don Quixote,” “Le Corsaire,” and “Eugene Onegin,” ballets for which Loquasto has designed costumes. And one of the biggest hits of Broadway’s spring season, “Hello Dolly,” has Santo Loquasto’s stamp on it.

Images from "Hello Dolly"

Images from “Hello Dolly”

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Santo Loquasto earned a BA degree in literature from King’s College and an MFA from Yale Drama School. Loquasto has worked on 61 productions as either a costume or scenic designer, winning Tony Awards for “The Cherry Orchard” and “Grand Hotel: The Musical.”

Images from "Desperately Seeking Susan"

Images from “Desperately Seeking Susan”

Loquasto’s film and television resume is just as extensive as his stage credits. A favorite of Woody Allen, Loquasto has costumed Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Smoke and Fog,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Husbands and Wives,” “Bullets over Broadway,” and “Radio Days.” His most well known film to date is “Desperately Seeking Susan,” where he served as production designer.

Images from ABT productions of "Eugene Onegin," and "Don Quixote"

Images from ABT productions of “Eugene Onegin,” “Le Corsaire,” and “Don Quixote”

Since the late 1960s, Santo Loquasto has enjoyed a beloved and long-time association with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1976, Loquasto’s costumes for ABT’s iconic production of “Don Quixote” solidly placed Loquasto in the pantheon of costume designers for ballet. (A list that includes Barbara Karinksa, Irene Sharaff, Oliver Messel, Nicholas Georgiadis, and Willa Kim.) Since the mid-70s, Loquasto has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, the Royal Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grand Ballets Canadiens, and the San Francisco Ballet.

Collages1291Currently, Santo Loquasto has costumed three ABT ballets playing this spring at the Metropolitan Opera House, “Eugene Onegin,” “Le Corsaire,” and “Don Quixote.” And Loquasto’s costumes and scenic design for “Hello Dolly” has been nominated for a couple of 2017 Tony Awards.

Bravos, and kudos Loquasto!!


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