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Theatre Costume

1901 (made)

Costume for 'Prince's Mother' in Swan Lake designed by Alexandre Golovine for the Bolshoi, Moscow 1901. Late medieval-style gown in orange vermilion velvet embroidered with triangular groups of yellow and gold spots. Under the dagged hanging sleeves which fall to the floor are white balloon sleeves banded with lake ribbon.



Full cap over a padded white silk cap. Overcap of orange vermilion velvet whose upturned wired brim rises to form a scalloped edged 'crown' embroidered with triangular clusters of spots made of gold braid, each with a silver sequin in the middle. Behind the wired brim is a row of wired 'petals'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Theatre Costume
  • Dance Costume
  • Theatre Costume
  • Dance Costume
  • Headdress
Materials and Techniques
Silk velvet, fine wool, cotton lining, cold thread and embroidered coils, silk-satin ribbon, elastic, white cord, milinary wire, metal hooks and eyes (metal boning in bodice and sleeves)
Brief Description
Costume for 'Prince's Mother' in Swan Lake designed by Alexandre Golovine for the Bolshoi, Moscow 1901.



Headdress for 'Prince's Mother' in Swan Lake designed by Alexandre Golovine, Moscow 1901.
Physical Description
Costume for 'Prince's Mother' in Swan Lake designed by Alexandre Golovine for the Bolshoi, Moscow 1901. Late medieval-style gown in orange vermilion velvet embroidered with triangular groups of yellow and gold spots. Under the dagged hanging sleeves which fall to the floor are white balloon sleeves banded with lake ribbon.







Full cap over a padded white silk cap. Overcap of orange vermilion velvet whose upturned wired brim rises to form a scalloped edged 'crown' embroidered with triangular clusters of spots made of gold braid, each with a silver sequin in the middle. Behind the wired brim is a row of wired 'petals'.
Dimensions
  • Costume, neck to hem length: 172cm
  • Costume, across shoulders width: 44cm
  • Weight: 3.9kg
Object history
Costume created for Swan Lake at the Boilshoi. Production purchased by Serge Diaghilev and costumes re-used by the Ballets Russes from 1911.

Auctioned by Sothebys at sale of Ballets Risses material at the Theatre Royal Drusy Lane 19 December 1969 Lot 105 (i)
Collection
Accession Number
S.31-1977

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record createdJuly 1, 2009
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