Not currently on display at the V&A

Dance Costume

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

Silk tunic in shades of brown, burnt orange and green, worn for an unidentified Natural Movement production.

Natural Movement is a form of dance developed by Madge Atkinson (1885-1970), based on the natural movements of the human body. Atkinson was inspired by the wide interest in free dance in the early 20th century and her works were developed for both theatre and education.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Silk
Brief description
Rectangular silk tunic in shades of browns, burnt orange and green, worn for an unidentified Natural Movement production
Physical description
Tunic or gown made of two pieces of rectangular silk, stitched at the shoulders and sides to make a simple tunic with the armholes and lower part of the side seams left open. The tunic has been hand dyed in shades of browns, burnt orange and green. The hem is slightly fringed. The silk at the top is shattering.
Dimensions
  • Length: 123cm
  • Width: 77cm
  • Length of open edge at top, forming sleeve length: 37cm
  • Length of open side seam at top, forming arm holes length: 37cm
  • Length unsewn side seam at bottom, allowing freedom of movement length: 47cm
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
Silk tunic in shades of brown, burnt orange and green, worn for an unidentified Natural Movement production.

Natural Movement is a form of dance developed by Madge Atkinson (1885-1970), based on the natural movements of the human body. Atkinson was inspired by the wide interest in free dance in the early 20th century and her works were developed for both theatre and education.
Collection
Accession number
S.68-2020

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Record createdFebruary 24, 2020
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