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Alain

  • Object:

    Wig

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1960 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lancaster, Osbert (Sir), born 1908 - died 1986 (designers)
    Sargood, Albert (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Human hair on gauze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Royal Academy of Dancing

  • Museum number:

    S.1573-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This wig was worn by the character of Alain in Frederick Ashton's ballet La Fille Mal Gardée, first performed by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1960. This wig was made in-house by the Royal Opera House's wigmaster Albert Sargood, and the scenery and costumes were designed by Osbert Lancaster. The original cast featured Nadia Nerina, David Blair, Stanley Holden, Leslie Edwards, and Alexander Grant.

Physical description

Wig made from light brown human hair hooked into a gauze cap with a nylon lace front. The hair is styled into a bowl cut with a curl at the crown of the head. The wig cap is elasticated at the nape of the neck.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1960 (designed)

Artist/maker

Lancaster, Osbert (Sir), born 1908 - died 1986 (designers)
Sargood, Albert (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Human hair on gauze

Dimensions

Circumference: 52.1 cm

Object history note

Wig for Alain worn in Frederick Ashton's ballet La Fille mal gardée, first performed by The Royal Ballet, 28th January 1960, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The wig was made in-house by Albert Sargood. The music was freely arranged and orchestrated by John Lanchbery after the score by Ferdinand Hérold, and the scenery and costumes were designed by Osbert Lancaster. The original cast featured Nadia Nerina, David Blair, Stanley Holden, Leslie Edwards, and Alexander Grant.

This immensely popular work has featured in the repertory of many ballet companies throughout the world including the Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Descriptive line

Wig for Alain in Frederick Ashton's ballet La Fille Mal Gardée, Royal Opera House, 1960

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Human hair; Gauze; Material; Mesh

Techniques

Wig-making

Subjects depicted

Wig

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Dance

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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