Reid Bartelme & Harriet JungAn inquiry into costume design.

Reid Bartelme & Harriet JungAn inquiry into costume design.

Issue 49

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Design, Fashion

  • Words Annick Weber
  • Photograph Valerie Chiang

The New York–based duo Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung design costumes for dance productions, combining their fashion schooling with Bartelme’s background as a trained dancer. In the past dozen or so years, they have designed costumes for everything from ballet to Broadway shows, but it’s in contemporary dance, when working with the likes of Pam Tanowitz and Justin Peck, that the two feel most at home. Bartelme and Jung’s practice is rooted in an understanding that the role of costume designers is as integral to a performance as that of the choreographer, dancer, set designer or musician. “In our research, we always come back to the great 20th-century artists, operating in this beautiful collaborative ethos,” says Bartelme, referring to the Ballets Russes and Merce Cunningham...

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