Yesterday I got back from Canada where I was working on the exhibition Silent Partners, Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart’s Signature Costumes from an Extraordinary Career. The exhibition opened on Friday night at the Woodstock Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada.
My role was to research the pieces, write the labels and didactic panels and, perhaps most challengingly, work out how to mount and display the 35 costumes.
The exhibition focuses on costumes from Miss Hart’s 30 year career and in particular her relationship with Wardrobe Director Anne Armit. Hart was very particular on how her costumes were designed and made – referring to them as her silent partners.
See my blog post for the Costume Society –http://costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/silent-partners-prima-ballerina-evelyn-harts-signature-costumes
I was keen for the costumes to be displayed as works of art and that you would be able to walk all the way around them. The first room contains the ‘tutu forest’ where nine tutu’s are suspended. The idea was that you would be able to walk amongst the costumes and also see what it is like to be in a corps de ballet.