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  • Gillian Revie as the Fairy of Generosity wearing a sparkling gold lace tutu in the 1995 Royal Ballet production of "The Sleeping Beauty."
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

    The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

    1995

    Costume seen on Gillian Revie as the Fairy of Generosity

  • Lily Cole as Valentina wearing a sparkling gold lace tutu in the 2009 film "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."
    • Sony Picture Classics

    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    2009

    Costume seen on Lily Cole as Valentina

  • Marc Jacobs wearing a sparkling gold lace tutu for a Louis Vuitton ad in a photo shoot by Jean Paul Goude in a 2007 edition of "Harper's Bazaar."
    • Louis Vuitton
    • Jean Paul Goude

    Harper's Bazaar Magazine

    2007

    Costume seen on Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, in a photo shoot by Jean Paul Goude

  • Dita Von Teese wearing a sparkling gold lace tutu in a 2010 ad for Melissa Shoes.
    • Melissa Shoes

    Melissa Shoes Ad

    2010

    Costume seen on Dita Von Teese

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About the Costume

Operas and ballets are often known for their exquisite costumes that are beautiful and built to last. It’s not uncommon for a costume house to purchase old pieces when an Opera’s Wardrobe department is cleaning and selling off its stock. What is rare is to be able to document a stage costume through to its new life in film. 

This particular piece is extraordinary, not only in its beautiful detail but also because it has been seen in ballet, film, advertisements, and photo shoots, as well as worn by several women and a man.

In 1994 Maria Björnson, best known for her spectacular Tony-winning costume and set designs for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, created the costumes for the Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty. It was the only production for The Royal Ballet that Björnson designed for, and the pieces were in stock with the Royal Opera House’s costume department until 2002, when they were sold to Angel’s Costumes.

This particular tutu was designed to emulate a pair of 18th century panniers. Similar costumes appeared together on three of the Fairies. This costume was worn on the Fairy of Generosity in 1995 in The Sleeping Beauty on Gillian Revie. After the piece was sold to Angels, it was seen in a 2007 issue of Harper’s Bazaar on Marc Jacobs in a Jean-Paul Goude photo shoot for Louis Vuitton. It appeared again in 2009 on Lily Cole as Valentina in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Lastly, in 2010 it appeared in an advertisement for Melissa Shoes on Dita Von Teese.

 

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About the Costume

Operas and ballets are often known for their exquisite costumes that are beautiful and built to last. It’s not uncommon for a costume house to purchase old pieces when an Opera’s Wardrobe department is cleaning and selling off its stock. What is rare is to be able to document a stage costume through to its new life in film. 

This particular piece is extraordinary, not only in its beautiful detail but also because it has been seen in ballet, film, advertisements, and photo shoots, as well as worn by several women and a man.

In 1994 Maria Björnson, best known for her spectacular Tony-winning costume and set designs for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, created the costumes for the Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty. It was the only production for The Royal Ballet that Björnson designed for, and the pieces were in stock with the Royal Opera House’s costume department until 2002, when they were sold to Angel’s Costumes.

This particular tutu was designed to emulate a pair of 18th century panniers. Similar costumes appeared together on three of the Fairies. This costume was worn on the Fairy of Generosity in 1995 in The Sleeping Beauty on Gillian Revie. After the piece was sold to Angels, it was seen in a 2007 issue of Harper’s Bazaar on Marc Jacobs in a Jean-Paul Goude photo shoot for Louis Vuitton. It appeared again in 2009 on Lily Cole as Valentina in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Lastly, in 2010 it appeared in an advertisement for Melissa Shoes on Dita Von Teese.

 

Operas and ballets are often known for their exquisite costumes that are beautiful and built to last. It’s not uncommon for a costume house to purchase old pieces when an Opera’s Wardrobe department is cleaning and selling off its stock. What is rare is to be able to document a stage costume through to its new life in film. 

This particular piece is extraordinary, not only in its beautiful detail but also because it has been seen in ballet, film, advertisements, and photo shoots, as well as worn by several women and a man.

In 1994 Maria Björnson, best known for her spectacular Tony-winning costume and set designs for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, created the costumes for the Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty. It was the only production for The Royal Ballet that Björnson designed for, and the pieces were in stock with the Royal Opera House’s costume department until 2002, when they were sold to Angel’s Costumes.

This particular tutu was designed to emulate a pair of 18th century panniers. Similar costumes appeared together on three of the Fairies. This costume was worn on the Fairy of Generosity in 1995 in The Sleeping Beauty on Gillian Revie. After the piece was sold to Angels, it was seen in a 2007 issue of Harper’s Bazaar on Marc Jacobs in a Jean-Paul Goude photo shoot for Louis Vuitton. It appeared again in 2009 on Lily Cole as Valentina in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Lastly, in 2010 it appeared in an advertisement for Melissa Shoes on Dita Von Teese.

 

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  1. This tutu is from “The Sleeping Beauty” for the Royal Ballet it’s from Act 3 one of the jewel fairies. This production was designed by Marie Bjornson who also designed ” Phantom of the Opera” this was the only ballet she designed. The Act 3 tutus were designed to look like 18th century panniers. The production was in rep from 1994 until 2002 when it was sold off. This was the production I worked on when I started at the opera house and it is my favorite version of the ballet.

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  1. This tutu is from “The Sleeping Beauty” for the Royal Ballet it’s from Act 3 one of the jewel fairies. This production was designed by Marie Bjornson who also designed ” Phantom of the Opera” this was the only ballet she designed. The Act 3 tutus were designed to look like 18th century panniers. The production was in rep from 1994 until 2002 when it was sold off. This was the production I worked on when I started at the opera house and it is my favorite version of the ballet.

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  1. This tutu is from “The Sleeping Beauty” for the Royal Ballet it’s from Act 3 one of the jewel fairies. This production was designed by Marie Bjornson who also designed ” Phantom of the Opera” this was the only ballet she designed. The Act 3 tutus were designed to look like 18th century panniers. The production was in rep from 1994 until 2002 when it was sold off. This was the production I worked on when I started at the opera house and it is my favorite version of the ballet.

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