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Theatre costume

  • Date:

    ca. 1920

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Taffeta, tarletan, lace, Metal hoop, plastic

  • Museum number:

    S.663-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Polka Pizzicato was a divertissement item based on unidentified choreography by Marius Petipa to music by Riccardo Drigo danced by five women. It first appears in the repertory of Pavlova's Company in 1912 and continues to be danced throughout the company's existence. The cast often included British dancers. The tutu probably dating from the 1920s of tarlatan underskirts topped with a 'panniered' skirt of shadow printed and embroidered taffeta. Skirt edge trimmed with gold lace with a pink cotton 'peplum' cut into lappets and decorated with gold sequins. Bodice of shadow printed and embroidered taffeta, with short sleeves of pale pink net.
The tutu was worn by Nalda Murilova (Muriel Louisa Lawrence Barnett also performing under the name Bartova) in Pizzicato when she danced with Anna Pavlova's Company. After Pavlova's death, the costume was given to Murilova by Victor Dandre (husband of Pavlova), and later altered by Anna Ivanova when she and Murilova were giving concert appearances. Murilova (1906-1990) studied with Laurent Novikoff danced briefly with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and the with Anna Pavlova including on her 1926-27 European tour. She went on to have a significant career as a dancer mainly in variety and in 1947 she established a dancing school in Bournemouth.

Physical description

Costume worn in the Polka Pizzicato. Tutu of tarlatan underskirts topped with a 'panniered' skirt of shadow printed and embroidered taffeta, the skirt edge trimmed with gold lace, with a pink cotton 'peplum' cut into lappets and decorated with gold tear-shaped sequins. Among the tarlatan underskirts edge is a metal hoop, over which the skirt falls. The attached bodice is of shadow printed and embroidered taffeta, with short sleeves of pale pink net edged with bodice fabric

Date

ca. 1920

Materials and Techniques

Taffeta, tarletan, lace, Metal hoop, plastic

Dimensions

Length: 46 cm Length of bodice shoulder to point at waist, Length: 50 cm length of titu skirt approximately, Circumference: 3 m circumference of base of tutu

Object history note

Costume worn in the Pizzicato, with music by Riccardo Drigo. The costume was worn by Nalda Murilova with the Anna Pavlova Company. After Pavlova's death, the costume was given to her by Victor Dandre (husband of Pavlova), and later altered by Anna Ivanova when she and Murilova were giving concert appearances. After Murilova's death it was given to the V&A.

Descriptive line

Tutu worn in the Polka Pizzicato by a dancer in Anna Pavlova's company.ca.1926

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Tarlatan; Taffeta; Lace; Cotton (textile); Sequin; Net (textile)

Subjects depicted

Tutus

Categories

Dance; Costumes; Entertainment & Leisure

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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