Chagall: Fantasies for The Stage

When I was in LA last month I was able to go and see the wonderful exhibition Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage  at LACMA. The exhibition runs until January 7, 2018. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the costume and set designs created by Marc Chagall. Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage showcases  41 costumes and nearly 100 designs… Continue reading Chagall: Fantasies for The Stage

What started it all …

The Ballets Russes, and in particular their costumes, have been my passion since I was 15 years old and found an old exhibition catalogue in a second-hand bookshop. The catalogue was from the National Gallery of Australia's 1999 exhibition, From Russia with Love, and contained a picture of this costume for a knight from the 1910 production of Firebird. I… Continue reading What started it all …

Ballet Dolls

Since I was a teenager I have loved the idea of the making dolls dressed as characters from famous ballets. Last year I began making a small range of dolls and characters which I sell through my etsy shop, I also take custom orders: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheRedShoesVintage?ref=hdr_shop_menu    

Two treasures of The Russian Ballet at ABT

  American Ballet Theatre this season is presenting two ballets from the bright and colourful canon of the Ballets Russes and Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. On the 6th of June ABT opened The Golden Cockerel, a reworked version of the popular 1937 production created for the Royal Danish Ballet in 2012. Please see my… Continue reading Two treasures of The Russian Ballet at ABT

The Golden Cockerel Flies Again

In 2011 I had the great opportunity to work with designer Richard Hudson on a reinterpretation of The Golden Cockerel for The Royal Danish Ballet. My role was to research the original productions from 1914 and 1937, produced by the Ballets Russes and Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Hudson and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky then used… Continue reading The Golden Cockerel Flies Again

Costume Society

Here is my latest blog for The Costume Society. This is the first part of an article looking at the techniques that survive in the Theatre, Opera and Ballet industry. http://costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/techniques-kept-alive-in-the-theatre-opera-and-ballet-industries-part-one Enjoy!

Behind the scenes at ‘Silent Partners’

For the last few weeks I have been working on the costume exhibition Silent Partners. The exhibition displayed 35 costumes from Evelyn Hart's career with a particular focus on how the costumes were made and designed. Working out how to display the costumes was quite a challenge. Here are some pictures from the installation.

Evelyn Hart Costume Exhibition

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… Continue reading Evelyn Hart Costume Exhibition

The Sleeping Beauty Wakes

American Ballet Theatre's new production of  Sleeping Beauty had its New York première at the Metropolitan Opera House on the 29th of May. I  was involved in the production by researching the 1921 Ballets Russes version of The Sleeping Princess upon which American Ballets Theatre's new production design is based. Designer Richard Hudson used the original designs 1921… Continue reading The Sleeping Beauty Wakes

Controversial Costume

Yesterday I posted on the Costume Society's Facebook page an article about the new Costume Construction course to be run by the Royal Opera House. My post caused quite a stir and has now reached 43,000 people and started a rather heated debate. http://newsevents.arts.ac.uk/46031/new-degree-tackle-costume-making-skills-shortage-performing-arts/ I am personally of the opinion that this course is a great… Continue reading Controversial Costume