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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)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

  • Museum number:

    S.67:1 to 3-2003

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage


1960s (made)


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


Weight: 1.3 kg Costume maximum weight, Width: 59 cm Costume, shoulder width, laid flat, Length: 82 cm Costume, collar to hem, laid flat, Width: 17 cm Green long tights, width, Length: 130 cm Green long tights, waist to toe, laid flat, Width: 18 cm Short tights, folded width, Length: 103 cm Short tights, waist 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 the names in the costume indicate that it was worn by dancers of the Covent Garden company in the 1960s, although Coleman also for a time danced with The Royal Ballet Touring Company who performed the same production.

Descriptive line

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


Entertainment & Leisure; Costumes; Dance


Theatre and Performance Collection

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