mardi 26 octobre 2010

The Orchestra of Flanders and the Flemish Radio Choir launch their new look.

On 29 October, the Brussels Philharmonic – the orchestra of Flanders introduce a new look for their musicians. During a concert entitled Moments poétiques, conducted by the orchestra’s chief conductor Michel Tabachnik, the 80 musicians will appear for the first time in their brand new outfits. The singers of the Flemish Radio Choir have also had a makeover, to be inaugurated on 31 October. Anyone who thinks that this is simply a matter of beauty should look again: there is more significance behind it – much more...

 The gentlemen have been fitted with a new suit by the Belgian label Café Costume, which makes à la carte made-to-measure suits, shirts and jackets. The shared drive, a solid heritage – Café Costume was launched by the third generation of Van Gils – and their innovative streak has created an enthusiastic fit that ultimately led to a close collaboration. After a series of meetings between Café Costume, Michel Tabachnik and the musicians of the Brussels Philharmonic – the Orchestra of Flanders, a unique costume design was introduced.

The result is a black smoking jacket with taupe accents that are not only tailored to each musician, but are adapted to the specific requirements of each musician.  A wind player has a different posture from that of a percussionist or a string player, with freedom of movement of key importance. That made the challenge to produce a perfectly fitting suit all the more difficult, of course.

Bruno Van Gils, creative director, Café Costume:
“Because of the stage lights it quickly gets very warm, and a designer must keep that in mind. We therefore worked with lightweight fabrics. In order to guarantee freedom of movement, we used material with extra stretch and an extra pleat in the cuff. In addition, each suit is finished with shiny elements that give some additional reflection to the light on stage.”

The ladies will also be shining in a new dress that evening, thanks to Maasmechelen Village, the chic shopping Outlet paradise in the province of Limburg. Each of the female musicians received customised style and make-up advice that also takes into account each musician’s sitting position and movement. The result is a more uniform and, above all, a feminine silhouette. 

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