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Costume for The Chinese Conjurer in Massine's ballet Parade designed by Pablo Picasso, for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1917. Short, padded very wide wrap-over 'Coolie' jacket of scarlet silk (left side and sleeve replacement), with sleeves set into the side seams from waist and slightly graduated towards the cuff, and fastening on diagonal from left hip to neck. At the front a block of asymmetric curliques of padded silver cloth, shaped and 'quilted' at the base by black stitching; behind are graduated 'sunrays' in chrome yellow satin. The back is similarly decorated, but the appliques are unpadded. Around the hem is a padded silver tissue scalloped band. At the neck is a flat collar of bright yellow satin.
Height: 176 cm display footprint, Width: 150 cm display footprint, Depth: 50 cm display footprint
Costume for The Chinese Conjurer in Massine's ballet Parade designed by Pablo Picasso, Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1917.
Theatre and Performance Collection