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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. Short collarless sleeveless jacket of off white wild silk. Attached only on top of armhole are kimono half sleeves of gold tissue with a shoulder band of off white wild silk; all the edges of the sleeves and tabs edged with narrow gold looped fringe braid. Under each arm on the main body is an inset of fine off white silk, woven with stripes in a floral design. Fixed around the waist is a broad belt of the same fabric backed with petersham; attached to the left edge is a long strip to fall down centre front. On either hip, attached to the belt, is a sunray-pleated 'tail' of gold tissue, at the top of which is a circular cut panel, stitched into the sides of the 'tail' but left free at the lower edge to stick out when worn, of off white wild silk, edged at the lower edge with narrowlooped gold fringe braid. The neck is edged with a narrow piping of gold tissue. Across the back is a diagonal stripe of off white fine silk, woven with stripes in gold thread in a floral design, as on the belt. The jacket is lined with off white art silk. Elastic tabs to fasten onto buttons on leotard. The striped silk is a sari silk.

Place of Origin

New York


ca. 1965


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

Marks and inscriptions

' Karinska / Paris New York '
Woven trade label

Object history note

Jacket 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

Collarless sleeveless jacket of off white wild silk 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


Silk (textile); Braid; Fringe; Piping (trimming); Elastic

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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