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Theatre costume
  • Theatre costume
    Messel, Oliver Hilary Sambourne, born 1904 - died 1978
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Theatre costume

  • Date:

    1960s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Messel, Oliver Hilary Sambourne, born 1904 - died 1978 (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Velvet, chenille, silver braid, net, synthetic sponge, iridescent beads, synthetic silk and cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

  • Museum number:

    S.66-2003

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Long tunic with full-length sleeves the the left side in bright rose, the right side in off white velvet which extends, into the left side in 'loops'; from these extend four lines of silver braid edged with white chenille, which continues around the 'loops'. At the back are similar 'wave' shapes. Around the neck, concealed by a double white nylon pleated frill, are appliqued white velvet leaf-shapes. On the right shoulder, concealing another 'loop' are clusters of bright rose net, set with iridescent beads, iridescent crin tassels and chestnut-dyed sponge and a group of greenish slate velvet leaves painted with blue veins and with spines of green chenille. A similar bright rose net swathe is fixed to the left hip and around the 'skirt' are greenish slate velvet leaves painted with blue veins and with spines of green chenille. At the wrists are double white nylon pleated frills. The costume fastens at the back and the body is lined with white cotton, the skirt with synthetic silk.

Date

1960s (made)

Artist/maker

Messel, Oliver Hilary Sambourne, born 1904 - died 1978 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Velvet, chenille, silver braid, net, synthetic sponge, iridescent beads, synthetic silk and cotton

Marks and inscriptions

"(printed) ROYAL OPERA HOUSE / PRODUCTION: (handwritten) SLEEPING BEAUTY / (printed) ACT: SCENE: / Character (handwritten) S. A. BENTON / (printed) Name / COVENT GARDEN"
Label; Left side

"BENTON S A"
Textual information; Front neck

Dimensions

Weight: 1.6 kg Jacket, full weight, Width: 55 cm Jacket, shoulder width, laid flat, Length: 83 cm Jacket, collar to hem, laid flat

Object history note

Oliver Messel originally designed The Sleeping Beauty for the Sadler's Wells (now Royal) Ballet in 1946. The production underwent several modifications over the years and this costume dates from the performances by The Royal Ballet Touring Company in the mid 1960s.

Descriptive line

Costume for Cavalier to the Lilac Fairy in the Prologue of Petipa's ballet The Sleeping Beauty, designed by Oliver Messel, The Royal Ballet revival 1960s.

Materials

Velvet; Chenille; Silver braid; Net (textile); Foam rubber; Beads; Synthetic silk; Cotton (textile)

Techniques

Machine stitching; Hand stitching

Categories

Stage costumes

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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