The work of Seattle’s “reigning queen of couture” Luly Yang is featured in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of MAME. As the iconic title character, Broadway star Dee Hoty dons 17 glamorous costumes throughout this irresistible musical, the majority designed by 2006 Tony Award-winner Gregg Barnes. The finishing touch comes at the end of act two, when Mame lights up the stage in the $30,000 finale gown of Luly Yang’s “Passage to Shanghai” collection, a hand-embroidered red duchess silk satin robe with metallic organza sleeves, adorned with thousands of Swarovski crystals. One of the largest, most complex designs Luly Yang has ever created, the gown took two months and more than 12 master seamstresses to construct.
Of course the dress will look fantastic on Dee, on the amazing set and under the stage lights, but here is a photo of the dress from the original runway show.
Luly Yang is celebrated for her elegant and timeless bridal gowns and evening ensembles for ladies and gentlemen in luxurious silks and the finest fabrics. She has been named “Seattle’s Best Dress Designer” five years running by Seattle Bride magazine. Yang was honored as the 2007 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year and recognized as one of Seattle Business Monthly’s Eight People to Watch in ’08.
Tickets are from $20 – $77. Check out our preview of MAME here.