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Theatre costume

Theatre costume

  • Date:

    1960-1969 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Synthetic satin, artificial silk, net, wire

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of www.sherringtons.co.uk and the Friends of Margot Fonteyn Appeal

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Romantic ballet tutu in 'sylphide' style, the low-cut fitted bodice of synthetic ivory satin lined with artificial silk, with cap sleeves of white net edged synthetic ivory satin, the calf-length skirt of layers of fine white net. Attached at the back at centre waist is a pair of small stiffened net wings.


1960-1969 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Synthetic satin, artificial silk, net, wire


Length: 106 cm, Width: 66 cm

Object history note

Fonteyn danced various solos in this masterpiece throughout her career and this costume probably dates from the 1960s.

Historical significance: Fokine's evocation of the Romantic Ballet ear in Les Sylphides, is one of the seminal ballets of the 20th century. It is of additional interest as the Museum already possesses two examples of Sylphides costumes, one dating from ca 1920 worn by Lydia Lopokova, and one from the 1940s/1950s worn by Alicia Markova. While most people would have an immediate image of a Sylphides dress, these examples show how the silhouette and style changed over 50 years, from the relatively heavy and 'coarse' dress of 1920 to the more delicate fabrics of the 1960s.

Descriptive line

Costume worn by Margot Fonteyn in "Les Sylphides", probably in the 1960s.


Synthetic satin; Net (textile); Wire; Artificial silk


Machine stitching


Theatre and Performance Collection

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