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Theatre costume

Theatre costume

  • Date:

    1989 (Made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Synthetic silk, gold floral lace and braid, sequins, braid

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ian Albery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Waistcoat of dark olive green artificial silk, the fronts appliqued with patches of red artificial silk with small black spots, black artificial satin printed with silver amoeboid shapes, black grey and chestnut striped 'silk' and a bold gold floral lace, the flowers and foliage trimmed with tassels, black and gold braid centres and red sequins; the whole is overlaid with strips of bold openwork gold braid, gold braid trimmed with gold sequins, black braid trimmed with black sequins, silver ribbon braid, black openwork braid and a red and black and white linked circles braid. The waistcoat laces across the back with gold and black cord.


1989 (Made)

Materials and Techniques

Synthetic silk, gold floral lace and braid, sequins, braid

Marks and inscriptions

Label; Inside centre back neck; Handwriting; Ballpoint pen


Weight: 0.4 kg Waistcoat, weight, Length: 58 cm Waistcoat, collar to hem, laid flat, Width: 47 cm Waistcoat, shoulder width, laid flat

Object history note

The costume was worn by dancer/singer Heavon Grant as one of The Cats backing Eartha Kitt in Concert at the Shaftesbury Theatre 13 March 1989. The Cats comprised four boys, each wearing a variation of the same costume.

Historical significance: A typical example of a 'chorus boy' costume of the period.

Descriptive line

Costume worn by Heavon Grant as one of The Cats in concert with Eartha Kitt, Shaftesbury Theatre 1989.


Synthetic silk; Lace; Gold braid; Sequins; Braid


Theatre and Performance Collection

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