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Costume for Elizabeth I in Benjamin Britten’s opera 'Gloriana', designed by Alix Stone, worn by Ava June, English National Opera, Coliseum, London, 1975. Museum no. S.15-2004

Costume for Elizabeth I in Benjamin Britten’s opera 'Gloriana', designed by Alix Stone, worn by Ava June, English National Opera, Coliseum, London, 1975. Museum no. S.15-2004

Male Figure in Ballet Costume  Anonymous, French, 17th century   Date: 17th century Medium: Pen and brown ink

Male Figure in Ballet Costume Anonymous, French, 17th century Date: 17th century Medium: Pen and brown ink

Ballet des noces de Pélée et Thétis. Vénus Ecole : Ecole française (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Institut de France) / Agence Bulloz Période : 17e siècle, période moderne (Europe occidentale) Localisation : Paris, bibliothèque de l'Institut

Ballet des noces de Pélée et Thétis. Vénus Ecole : Ecole française (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Institut de France) / Agence Bulloz Période : 17e siècle, période moderne (Europe occidentale) Localisation : Paris, bibliothèque de l'Institut

Stefano della Bella | Ballet Costume Study for a Gardener | Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour, over graphite | 276 x 202 mm | British Museum

Stefano della Bella | Ballet Costume Study for a Gardener | Pen and brown ink, with brown wash and watercolour, over graphite | 276 x 202 mm | British Museum

This is a design for a ballet costume but similar designs were worn by castrati. The wide skirt is supported on a tonnelet. When recreated today these panniered skirts have to be carefully sewn & tied in place to prevent bounce. On a tall performer like Farinelli such skirts must have been very unwieldy.

This is a design for a ballet costume but similar designs were worn by castrati. The wide skirt is supported on a tonnelet. When recreated today these panniered skirts have to be carefully sewn & tied in place to prevent bounce. On a tall performer like Farinelli such skirts must have been very unwieldy.

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