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  • Place of origin:

    New York

  • Date:

    ca. 1965

  • Artist/Maker:

    Karinska, Barbara, born 1886 - died 1983 (costume designers)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume for the leading male dancer. 'Ceremonial' kimono of off-white crystal organza, mid thigh length in front, with long train at the back. Wide cross-over neckline. The edges of the sleeves and train outlined by a bold crin tube. Along the shoulders are cream silk epaulettes which end at the outer edge in multiple-looped bows studded with small brilliants. The cross-over of the tunic is decorated with a bold ivory passementerie border, finished at the left shoulder with a diamante studded ivory silk flower. At either side of the tunic are inserted wide panels of sunray-pleated ivory silk and the front is bordered with ivory silk furnishing braid.

Place of Origin

New York


ca. 1965


Karinska, Barbara, born 1886 - died 1983 (costume designers)

Object history note

'Ceremonial' kimono for the leading male dancer in George Balanchine's ballet 'Bugaku'. The ballet, with music by Toshiro Mayuzumi, was first performed by the New York City Ballet at the City Center of Music and Drama, New York on 20th March 1963. The scenery was designed by David Hays and the costumes were designed by Karinska. Allegra Kent and Edward Villella created the leading roles.

The work has also entered the repertoires of other ballet companies, including the San Francisco Ballet and The Royal Ballet.

Descriptive line

'Ceremonial' kimono for the leading male dancer in 'Bugaku', New York City Ballet, ca. 1965.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Strong, Roy, Ivor Guest, Richard Buckle, Sarah C. Woodcock and Philip Dyer, Spotlight: four centuries of ballet costume, a tribute to the Royal Ballet, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1981.
New York City Ballet by Peter Williams, John Percival, and Noel Goodwin.
Article in 'Dance & Dancers', London, June 1963, pp. 16-19.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Artificial jewels; Crystal organza; Crin; Silk (textile); Passementerie; Braid

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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