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Theatre Costume

  • Object:

    Bodice

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Crimson silk satin decorated with gold metallic braid and spangles. Stiffened with boning.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Theatre Museum Association

  • Museum number:

    S.1351-1984

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Corset style bodice of crimson silk satin, embroidered with gold metallic braid, cord and spangles in a floral design. Part of a costume possibly worn by Clarice Conroy as Aladdin or Sinbad, in a late 19th century pantomime.

Physical description

Corset style bodice of crimson satin, decorated with appliqued gold metallic braid and gold spangles in a stylised floral design. The bodice fits closely to the figure and is stiffened with boning. It fastens at the rear with lacing and metal hooks. This rear fastening is faced with suede, and the boning is covered with cotton, but the bodice is not lined. It has 'cut-out' style cap sleeves and extends into a point at the centre front. The bodice is decorated at the bust, neckline and hem with gold metallic braid, hanging tassels and passementerie.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1890 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Crimson silk satin decorated with gold metallic braid and spangles. Stiffened with boning.

Dimensions

Length: 36.5 cm Maximum, CF bodice to point at CF approximate, Width: 31 cm Front waist approximate

Object history note

BTMA note when the costume was acquired states that Mrs Langley Moore "was told that it had been worn by an actress by the name of Conroy, possibly called Clarice Conroy, a well-known Principal Boy of the 1890s, when playing "Aladdin" or "Sinbad"."

Provenance: Purchased by BTMA from Doris Langley Moore £5.5.0

Descriptive line

Corset style bodice of crimson silk satin, embroidered with gold metallic braid, cord and spangles in a floral design. Part of a costume possibly worn by Clarice Conroy as Aladdin or Sinbad, ca.1890

Materials

Silk satin; Gold metal braid; Cord (fiber product); Spangle; Tassel

Techniques

Machine stitching; Hand stitching; Applique

Subjects depicted

Drag; Principal Boy costume

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Clothing; Pantomime

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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