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Theatre Costume

1917 (made)

Costume for The Chinese Conjurer in Massine's ballet Parade designed by Pablo Picasso, for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1917. Short, padded very wide wrap-over 'Coolie' jacket of scarlet silk (left side and sleeve replacement), with sleeves set into the side seams from waist and slightly graduated towards the cuff, and fastening on diagonal from left hip to neck. At the front a block of asymmetric curliques of padded silver cloth, shaped and 'quilted' at the base by black stitching; behind are graduated 'sunrays' in chrome yellow satin. The back is similarly decorated, but the appliques are unpadded. Around the hem is a padded silver tissue scalloped band. At the neck is a flat collar of bright yellow satin.
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object details
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Theatre Costume
  • Dance Costume
  • Theatre Costume
  • Dance Costume
  • Trousers
  • Theatre Costume
  • Dance Costume
  • Hat
Brief Description
Costume for The Chinese Conjurer in Massine's ballet Parade designed by Pablo Picasso, Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1917.
Physical Description
Costume for The Chinese Conjurer in Massine's ballet Parade designed by Pablo Picasso, for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1917. Short, padded very wide wrap-over 'Coolie' jacket of scarlet silk (left side and sleeve replacement), with sleeves set into the side seams from waist and slightly graduated towards the cuff, and fastening on diagonal from left hip to neck. At the front a block of asymmetric curliques of padded silver cloth, shaped and 'quilted' at the base by black stitching; behind are graduated 'sunrays' in chrome yellow satin. The back is similarly decorated, but the appliques are unpadded. Around the hem is a padded silver tissue scalloped band. At the neck is a flat collar of bright yellow satin.
Dimensions
  • Display footprint height: 176cm
  • Display footprint width: 150cm
  • Display footprint depth: 50cm
Display 'footprint' dimensions taken from the records of the V&A 2010 exhibition Diagheliv and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes
Collection
Accession Number
S.84-1985

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record createdJuly 1, 2009
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