Costume for Cinderella, Act III, in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella (1972) by Kristian FredriksonThe Australian Ballet
Explore the ways different designers have interpreted these roles
Ballet costumes play an important role in the ballet community. They are usually the only artifact left at the end of a show run, offering an insight into the staging of that particular production.
Styles of costumes have varied over the decades, taking influence from different time periods, movements and new materials. Here we explore the various ways ballet companies have interpreted some of the most well known characters through costume and find out a bit more about these well-known ballets.
Costume for Cinderella Act III, Kristian Fredrikson (From the collection of The Australian Ballet)
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo & Juliet (2014) by Andy RossScottish Ballet
Romeo & Juliet, 2014 (From the collection of The Scottish Ballet)
Costume for Nina Ananiashvili as Odile, "Swan Lake" ballet (1983) by Simon VirsaladzeThe Bolshoi Theatre
Costume for Nina Ananishvili as Odile, Swan Lake Ballet, Simon Virsaladze (From the collection of The Bolshoi Theatre)
Wilis tutu from Giselle (1970) designed by Desmond Heeley (1970) by Desmond HeeleyThe National Ballet of Canada
Wilis tutu from Giselle designed by Desmond Heeley (From the collection of The National Ballet of Canada)
Costume de Nikiya dans "La Bayadère" porté par Noëlla Pontois Costume de Nikiya dans "La Bayadère" porté par Noëlla Pontois (1974) by Martin KamerCentre national du costume de scène
Costume of Nikiya in La Bayadere (From the collection of Centre National du Costume de Scène)