Lost my source (sorry!) 1862 Costume Ball. Photographer: Joseph Albert (Don’t know who originally found the source but cheers!)
2. Portrait of two ladies at Märchenball von “Jung-München” (one of the three great art societies in Munich) in costume. Photographed by Franz Hanfstaengl. c. 1862
3. Portrait of participant of the Märchenball von “Jung-München” (one of the three great art societies in Munich) in costume. Photographed by Franz Hanfstaengl. c. 1862
4. Anna Pavlova Dressed in costume for The fairy doll - photograph by Matzene Studio - c. possibly 1916
Tutu long. Bustier en satin de soie rose pâle avec décolleté découpé et armaturé, garni de paillettes irisées et de galon écru et irisé. Tutu composé de tulle blanc et bleu et de crin, garni de galons blancs, irisés, et de cordelette blanche.
As I am entering into my final project as a student I thought it would be a good idea to record my thoughts on my project and share my work with you. Our final costume is meant to be a representation of who we are as makers and as creators. I have had a life-long love affair with ballet and with the 18th century so I saw no better way to express myself than to combine the two. My hopes are to re-create a historical ballet costume that could be found in a modern production. I have chosen an 18th century design by Jean-Baptiste Martin entitled Paysanne Galante (1722) used in the Ballet de la Provencale and other dances. The second portrait is one of my favourites because in my mind she represent Payanne as a real costume. It’s one thing to have a drawing of an idea but it’s another to find a living woman wearing something similar.
More information on this project can be found on The Mended Soul
My mother pointed out last night that this design I am bringing to life is the epitome of an Ornamented Being. I can’t explain the reason but that thought warms my heart.
Mlle. Lina(?) Richard, dans Marco Spada / Alophe del. et lith. ; imp. Auguste Bry. Alophe, 1812-1883, artis
I was classically trained in Russian Ballet when I was growing up and it was at the barre that I learnt a very painful lesson, ‘dreams don’t make allowances for injuries’. One day I will be able to look at ballerinas without feeling a twinge of sorrow in my heart.
I don’t think you will be hearing from me much for the next few weeks! We are making ballet tutus, which I’m rather excited about! I spent all day cutting my fabric layers out to prep for next week and I still have to finish cutting the soft tulle.
Wish me luck and patience!
When I was younger I was classically trained in Russian ballet. I once wrote a poem detailing my ambitions, “… her dreams turn quietly on her toe.”
But dreams don’t make allowances for injuries.