Fun facts: Varekai cos­tumes

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The show has over 600 cos­tumes, that’s a to­tal of 2000 pieces in­clud­ing shoes, wigs, hats and ac­ces­sories, that took an as­ton­ish­ing 33,000 hours to make.

It takes 250 hours a week to keep the cos­tumes im­pec­ca­ble on tour, with four full time staff mem­bers ded­i­cated to the task.

The cos­tumes are de­signed by the late Ja­panese cos­tume de­signer Eiko Ish­ioka. She played with the sil­hou­ettes of char­ac­ters by giving new shapes to the tra­di­tional ly­cra body­suit. The cos­tumes are unique in their vivid color pal­ette that re­flects the trop­i­cal an­i­mal world. They use padded cos­tumes un­der­neath to adapt the shape.

One-and-a-half semi trucks are ded­i­cated to wardrobe. Cirque du Soleil travel with sewing ma­chines, six wash­ing ma­chines, two dry­ers and ev­ery­thing else that is needed to main­tain the cos­tumes on tour. The team do ap­prox­i­mately 60 loads of laun­dry ev­ery week.

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