Sep 26

Getting to Know the Style Icons: Dietra

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Deitra Kalyan

September is Back to Style month, and this year we picked four Calgarians who we think embody downtown style.

Those of us who don’t know Dietra will likely know her work. She’s a costume designer here in Calgary and her work has most recently popped up in this year’s Shakespeare in the Park rendition of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

I was able to catch Dietra while she was working on the upcoming Alberta Theatre Projects show ‘Intimate Apparel to ask her a few questions about how her personal style influences her work.

Dietra worked with the director of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to give the play a modern feel. They both felt that Shakespeare wrote the play about modern young people falling in love, so dressing the actors for 2012 was only natural.

The idea of setting a Shakespeare play in the modern era isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it added a freshness to the play that I hadn’t seen before in Shakespeare. It had me wondering where I might be able to find some of the clothing for my own wardrobe.

Luckily for me, Dietra confessed that a number of the pieces worn by the human characters in the play had been purchased at H&M. The sleek, European style offered at H&M was perfect for the characters, and the garments often fit the actors directly off the rack.

When it comes to her own personal style, Dietra likes to draw from many sources of inspiration; Fashion magazines, catalogues and more recently Pinterest. Whenever she has a free minute she likes to browse the women’s fashion section of the popular social network and see what other people are being inspired by.

Although she spends a lot of time searching out new looks online, it doesn’t necessarily mean she runs out to buy every piece that catches her eye. In many cases Dietra finds something that inspires her, and it causes her to look in to her wardrobe at clothing and accessories that she hasn’t worn in a while, or to try new combinations that she hadn’t previously considered.

Dietra was chosen as a Style Icon as a part of the Downtown Calgary ‘Back to Style’ event. If you’d like more information on Back to Style and enter to win the Back to Style Grand Prize, click here.


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