If a diva gains weight on the sly, it is Lesley C. Weston's duty to discreetly ensure that her costume expands in sync with her rib cage when she sings that big aria on opening night. Ms. Weston, 57, is head of costumes for the Metropolitan Opera. A graduate of the drama division at Juilliard, she gave up performing at 26 after opening Ethel's Feathers, a vintage clothing shop in Chelsea, and worked three years for a Broadway costumer before joining the Met in 1985. Sidelined by an aneurysm in 2003, she took up writing and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2008. She lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, a retired antiques dealer.
Managing the Met's Wardrobe (And Its Divas)