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.
Calling all followers, I have need of your assistance! I am working on my final project for Uni and I am looking for extant examples of back lacing 18th century bodices or any information on 18th century dance costumes.
There are officially a couple thousand of you so I am very hopeful that someone will have spotted something. Any help is appreciated, thanks so much loves!
Sorry, the first bodice is from FIDM, the second is from the Met, the third is the inside of Sofia Magdalena’s wedding gown, and Marie Antoinette’s apple green bodice.
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.
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
The costumes designed by Stefano della Bella were re-created by the thirds years during the 2012 costume show.
After cutting all the scallops of my tutu (10 layers) I’m staring to understand how Davos Seaworth* feels.
*YES. I have been making clever Game of Throne references all day and no one understands them because I’m the only one watching the series and reading the books. I feel so clever and no one gets it. fail.