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Dance Costume

mid 20th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Vest and shorts, worn by a dancer in a Natural Movement production.

Natural Movement was established by Madge Atkinson (1885-1970), initially in Manchester in the early years of the 20th century. Madge was a barefoot dancer who drew inspiration from movement in nature (water, the breeze, etc) and from the natural movements of the human body. Along with her contemporaries Ruby Ginner and Margaret Morris, she pioneered modern dance in Britain.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Dance Costume
  • Dance Costume
Materials and techniques
Cotton jersey and silk, and rayon
Brief description
Vest and shorts, worn by a dancer in a Natural Movement production
Physical description
S.837:1-2019
Green rayon shorts or pants with a hook and eye fastening at the waist (perished elastic in the leg).

S.837:2-2019
Cotton jersey, shop-bought flesh-coloured vest to which scraps of green silk are attached under the arms.




Dimensions
  • Shorts waist to crotch height: 37cm
  • Circumference of waist of shorts circumference: 70cm
  • Length of sleeve from shoulder seam length: 100cm
  • Width of trailing sleeve width: 30cm
  • Width from edge to stitching at the shoulder width: 30cm
  • Length centre back of vest length: 49.5cm
Marks and inscriptions
Credit line
Given by Francine Watson Coleman on behalf of the Natural Movement organisation
Object history
Acquired as a part of the Natural Movement Collection.
Summary
Vest and shorts, worn by a dancer in a Natural Movement production.

Natural Movement was established by Madge Atkinson (1885-1970), initially in Manchester in the early years of the 20th century. Madge was a barefoot dancer who drew inspiration from movement in nature (water, the breeze, etc) and from the natural movements of the human body. Along with her contemporaries Ruby Ginner and Margaret Morris, she pioneered modern dance in Britain.
Collection
Accession number
S.837:1, 2-2019

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Record createdDecember 5, 2019
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