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Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:

    Paris

  • Date:

    1949

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clavé, Antoni, born 1913 - died 2005 (costume designers)
    Karinska, Barbara, born 1886 - died 1983 (Costumier)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Renée Jeanmaire

  • Museum number:

    S.120-1981

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume worn by Renée Jeanmarie as Carmen in scene 2 of Carmen, Prince's Theatre, London, 1949. Ballet costume in the form of a corselet of black slub silk with gathered chatreuse chiffon over each breast. The chiffon is trimmed with a row of black chenille pom-poms which extend around the upper arm, supported on a pink elastic base. Down the centre front is a vertical strip of white cotton, set with a row of seven black silk-covered buttons. The bottom of the corselet ends in a full gathered frill of black silk net edged with a band of black crin. At the base of the corselet and over the top edge of the frill is a swathed band of black and pale yellow-green chiffon ending in two tails on the left hip; the right hip is trimmed with two large chenille pom-poms. The corselet is supported on the shoulders by flesh-coloured elastic shoulder straps. The costume is built onto an unlined bra top and the remainder of the corselet is lined with flesh coloured nylon.

Place of Origin

Paris

Date

1949

Artist/maker

Clavé, Antoni, born 1913 - died 2005 (costume designers)
Karinska, Barbara, born 1886 - died 1983 (Costumier)

Marks and inscriptions

' Karinska / 32, Rue Washington, Paris '
Trade label

' Jeanmaire '
written

Object history note

Costume worn by Renée Jeanmarie as Carmen in scene 2 of Roland Petit's ballet 'Carmen' first performed by Les Ballets de Paris at the Prince's Theatre, London, 21st February 1949. The music for the ballet was by Georges Bizet, and the scenery and costumes were designed by Antoni Clavé.

Descriptive line

Costume worn by Renée Jeanmarie as Carmen in scene 2 of Carmen, Prince's Theatre, London, 1949

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Silk (textile); Chiffon; Chenille; Elastic; Cotton (textile); Crin; Nylon

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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