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Costume Design

1903 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Costume design by Attilio Comelli for a Spanish Dancer, 1903, possibly for the ballet, Carmen.

The image shows a female dancer in an elaborate costume, in tones of deep orange, pale green and dark purple, reminiscent of the dress associated with Spanish Flamenco dancers. The bodice of the dress is deep orange and tightly fitted at the waist and over the hips. The pleated skirt flares out from the dancer's hips in to a wide swirling hem, banded in green and decorated with white and gold flowers. In her right hand the dancer carries a pale yellow fan and she has a thin purple shawl cast over her right shoulder. Her left arm is encased in a tight dark green sleeve painted with floral motifs which reaches to a point just above her elbow. Her hair is very elaborately dressed with a large group of scarlet flowers above her right ear and a high delicate comb at the back from which a purple mantilla, painted with swirling gold motifs is suspended.


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Materials and Techniques
painted
Brief Description
Costume design by Attilio Comelli for a Spanish Dancer, 1903, possibly for the ballet, Carmen
Physical Description
The image shows a female dancer in an elaborate costume, in tones of deep orange, pale green and dark purple, reminiscent of the dress associated with Spanish Flamenco dancers. The bodice of the dress is deep orange and tightly fitted at the waist and over the hips. The pleated skirt flares out from the dancer's hips in to a wide swirling hem, banded in green and decorated with white and gold flowers. In her right hand the dancer carries a pale yellow fan and she has a thin purple shawl cast over her right shoulder. Her left arm is encased in a tight dark green sleeve painted with floral motifs which reaches to a point just above her elbow. Her hair is very elaborately dressed with a large group of scarlet flowers above her right ear and a high delicate comb at the back from which a purple mantilla, painted with swirling gold motifs is suspended.
Dimensions
  • Height: 36.6cm
  • Width: 26.4cm
Production typeDesign
Marks and Inscriptions
'SC III, Manolas [?]' (Pencil annotations at the base of the print. Given the nature of the object it may indicate Scene 3. Though the name which follows does not appear to correspond to a character in Carmenn (the ballet to which the design is attributed).)
Summary
Costume design by Attilio Comelli for a Spanish Dancer, 1903, possibly for the ballet, Carmen.



The image shows a female dancer in an elaborate costume, in tones of deep orange, pale green and dark purple, reminiscent of the dress associated with Spanish Flamenco dancers. The bodice of the dress is deep orange and tightly fitted at the waist and over the hips. The pleated skirt flares out from the dancer's hips in to a wide swirling hem, banded in green and decorated with white and gold flowers. In her right hand the dancer carries a pale yellow fan and she has a thin purple shawl cast over her right shoulder. Her left arm is encased in a tight dark green sleeve painted with floral motifs which reaches to a point just above her elbow. Her hair is very elaborately dressed with a large group of scarlet flowers above her right ear and a high delicate comb at the back from which a purple mantilla, painted with swirling gold motifs is suspended.
Collection
Accession Number
S.1083-1997

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