Elena Werner

Elena Werner

Costume designer

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«Regisseur Timothy Nelson, decorontwerper Wikke van Houwelingen en kostuumontwerpster Elena Werner presenteren met De Parelvissers hun eerste grote zaal productie, de hoofdrolspelers en dirigent Benjamin Levy maken hun debuut bij de Reisopera.»
cultureelpers (2016)
«De kostuums van Elena Werner zijn gemaakt volgens de Japanse ‘borotechniek’ en het decor van Wikke van Houwelingen heeft ‘water’ als uitgangspunt.»
Place de l'Opera (2016)


The costume designer Elena Werner was born in Argentina in 1977. She studied architecture and received a BA in fashion design from the University of Buenos Aires in 2001. She then attended the Royal Academy of Arts in Ghent and Sint-Niklaas in Belgium, graduating with honours in costume design in 2006. Since 2011 she has been doing research in historical dress at Central St Martins College and has attended courses at The School of Historical Dress in London. She undertook apprenticeships at the Flanders Opera (Kunsthuis Opera Vlaanderen) and La Monnaie in Belgium in 2003 and two years later she was employed by the fashion designer Dries Van Noten where she acquired an attention for detail and a passion for craftsmanship. In 2006 she was awarded the museum prize by the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Brussels for her headdress inspired by ethnical African masks and headwear. In 2010 she was invited to participate in the Loch Shiel Spring Festival in Scotland. She designed one of the headdresses for the children' choir in the ‘Noye's Fludde’ opera by Benjamin Britten. She has been involved with the artistic crew of the Flanders Operastudio (International Opera Academy) as a costume designer for three years. She was selected in 2012 for the Resident Artists’ Programme of the Dutch Touring Opera. Together with stage director Timothy Nelson they have worked on the creation of Figaro in four quartets, inspired by the music of W.A. Mozart and the poetry of T.S. Eliot. Recent projects include the manufacture of medieval costumes as a cutter and costume maker for the BBC drama ‘The White Queen’ and Lee Tamahori's period drama 'Emperor.'  Elena Werner made her Dutch Touring Opera debut in 2015 on Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, directed by Timothy Nelson. During the 2015-16 season she returned as a costume designer for The Dutch Touring Opera's production of Così fan tutte, directed by Xander Straat.   ​Other recent design credits include costumes for Puss in Boots, an opera directed by Lucija Brnic for International Opera Academy with première at Zomeropera Alden Biesen, Gent Festival of Flanders and the Flanders Opera in 2017.
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