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Theatre Costume

  • Object:

    Cloak

  • 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.1351B-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

Costume possibly worn by Clarice Conroy possibly as Aladdin or Sinbad. Cloak of dark crimson velvet with a high collar, stiffened with wire, of crimson satin covered with black floral net painted with gold paint.

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.

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

Pantomime cloak for a principal boy of dark crimson velvet possibly worn by Clarice Conroy possibly 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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