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Here's a character and costume design for Leroux's Christine as Marguerite in "Faust!" I always loved the idea of Christine's lightness (literal and figurative) contrasting with Erik's darkness, which you really see in the original novel. Whenever I read Leroux, I always picture her looking very ethereal, almost sylph-like with her long blonde hair and light blue eyes. Plus, she definitely has more street cred as a Swedish lady than my version of Christine does.
But obviously, coloring doesn't always denote nationality. I actually have a friend from Sweden who's got dark hair and dark eyes. Just depends on the parents.
Anyway, I wanted the design for Marguerite to be very light and feminine. I tried to stick with a sort of medieval look with the corset and the cut of the chemise, but I did want to give it a bit of an operatic flare with the back cape piece. I added the floral embellishments on the skirt after I realized that a white skirt alone was just too boring. And I think this sort of matches Christine's character, too. She's kind of like a fairy from a Waterhouse painting. With this design, I wanted to leave no doubt as to why Erik is madly in love with her.
Plus, the dress would look pretty swirling around onstage during The Jewel Song.
It was so much fun to draw blonde hair! Everything I do is usually so darkly colored, and so it was really nice to lighten things up like this.
The Phantom of the Opera © Gaston Leroux
Faust © Goethe and Gounod.