Behind the Seams of Boston Marriage | Queensland Theatre Company

Stephen Curtis, one of Australia's leading stage and costume designers, has meticulously lined up a veritable frock fest on stage for all to see.

It was an exploration of the detailed journey that these talented creators embrace, starting from the works of sketches, historical references, patterns and toiles all in preparation for the final master piece.

Behind the Seams of Boston Marriage | Queensland Theatre Company

It's a rare opportunity for the Queensland Theatre Company to build a period show as it costs large sums of money and the start to finish build time is often quite short.

Vicki Martin, Head of Wardrobe overseas the works of the talented crew. She addresses the technicalities of constructing such historic pieces but through her eyes you can only see passion and the love of a good challenge.

"Because clothing is so throwaway these days, it's sometimes difficult for others to appreciate the time that goes into getting these [costumes] to work."

Director, Andrea Moor flutters through the workroom on her way to rehearsals and shares an intimate piece of her life with us.

Behind the Seams of Boston Marriage | Queensland Theatre Company

"I lost my mum four years ago and my dad several years before that, and on every show I try to have something of my parents on the stage.

"My mother had heaps of doilies ... Some of which were my grandmothers ... So that will be a thing," she says as she shows off her array of inherited history.

From the lighting to the cast, there is a commitment to authenticity.

Designer Stephen Curtis said, "What you [see here] ... is the incredible labour of love that the costume team bring to realisation ... They are part of the show."

Behind the Seams of Boston Marriage | Queensland Theatre Company

Boston Marriage will tour straight from QPAC's Playhouse stage to nine of Queensland's largest regional venues in February through to March 2015.

For more information visit www.qldtheatreco.com.au.

Photography by Warren Jopson