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Theatre costume
  • Theatre costume
    Chappell, William, born 1908 - died 1994
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Theatre costume

  • Date:

    ca. 1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chappell, William, born 1908 - died 1994 (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, braid, muslin, twill

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Skirted doublet with long sleeves and high collar in brown pink linen, overlaid with vertical stripes of black braid forming a shallow V front and back, and horizontal stripes on the box pleated skirt and on the cuffs. At the upper sleeve is a 'puff' of white cotton and at the neck and cuffs are box pleated off white muslin frills. The body is lined with cotton twill and fastens down the back with hooks and eyes.


ca. 1940s (made)


Chappell, William, born 1908 - died 1994 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, braid, muslin, twill

Marks and inscriptions

Label; Centre front neck; Handwriting; Ink


Length: 63 cm Collar to hem, Width: 46 cm Across shoulders, Weight: 0.8 kg

Object history note

The costume was worn by Michael Hogan when Frederick Ashton's ballet Capriol Suite was mounted for the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet in the mid-1940s. The ballet was an evocation of early dances performed to Peter Warlock's music of the same name.

Descriptive line

Costume for a male dancer in Ashton's ballet Capriol Suite designed by William Chappell, revival Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, 1940s.


Cotton (textile); Braid; Muslin; Twill


Machine stitching; Hand stitching


Entertainment & Leisure; Costumes; Dance


Theatre and Performance Collection

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