Fun facts: Varekai costumes
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.