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Swanilda

  • Object:

    Theatre costume

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1920-1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Albert, Alfred (costume designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Human hair on netting

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Royal Academy of Dancing

  • Museum number:

    S.1584-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This wig was worn by the character of Swanilda in the 1967 Ballet For All production of Coppélia. The wig has been re-lined and re-fronted at some point, suggesting that this is a pre-war wig repaired and reused for the 1967 production. Most wigs for the stage are made from human or animal hair knotted into a net or lace cap. These materials are flexible and light to wear under the hot stage lights.

Physical description

Wig made from curled human hair on a net cap. The wig cap is made from a foundation of cotton gauze and caul net with a stage lace front. There is a drawstring at the nape to secure the wig to the head. The wig has been re-lined and re-fronted at some point, suggesting that this is a pre-war wig re-used for the 1967 production.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca.1920-1967 (made)

Artist/maker

Albert, Alfred (costume designers)

Materials and Techniques

Human hair on netting

Dimensions

Circumference: 57.1 cm

Descriptive line

Wig for Swanilda in Coppélia, after Alfred Albert, recreated by Paulette Dynalix and Lucien Duthoit for Ballet For All, 1967

Materials

Human hair; Netting; Cotton gauze

Techniques

Wig-making

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Dance

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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