Virginia Varland

Costume Design

Jesus Christ Superstar

Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice

Theoretical Design             

This brashly anachronistic rock-opera portrays the psychology behind Judas’ decision to betray Jesus as an attempt to quell the violence that would inevitably follow the uncontrollable fanaticism that sprang from Jesus’ feverish popularity. The world of this secular production is extreme, glamorous, superficial, and dangerous and thus the costumes harness a gluttonous array of bold colors, ample exposed skin, and silhouette-altering styles to portray the debasement of today’s culture industry. Within a vocabulary of postmodern industrial surrealism, the costumes create a hotbed in which the industrial ravers of a nightmare circus convulse towards inevitable violence that not even a man who thinks he is God can control.