You could never hope to see a roomful of more giddy, chattering women than the day our new costumes arrived from Bulgaria, and we pulled them out of the shipping boxes and tried them on. They were made in the capital city, Sofia, by Lilyana Velcheva, a brilliant folkloric costumer, who based the design on traditional costumes from the Shop region. Back in the spring we sent Lilyana detailed measurements along with mugshots of ourselves, and from these she made — for more than 20 of us — the most exquisite and authentic garments that actually fit! The blouses are white with diamond-shaped swaths of red embroidery on the arms, and lace at the cuffs. The sleeveless dresses are woven from a lightweight black wool, and embroidered with hundreds of gold sequins and cord. These costumes were made possible in large part by an incredibly generous, anonymous donation. We want to trumpet big huge thank yous to our anonymous costume angel, to our costumer Lilyana, and to our chorus member Liz who has taken on the role of costume mistress. Keep an eye out for us in our new threads at upcoming concerts!