Chu Chin Chow costumes, Tatler magazine

Chu Chin Chow costumes, Tatler magazine

These are some of the costumes for the hugely successful musical Chu Chin Chow which opened in 1916 and ran for nearly five years. Chu Chin Chow was based on the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and was full of melodrama and murder. It cashed in on the craze for Orientalism popularised by the Diaghilev Ballet in Scheherazade and Le Dieu Bleu and the fantastic costumes were unashamedly in the style of their designer, Leon Bakst.