Costume

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Our Theatre and Performance collections include over 3,500 stage costumes and accessories dating from the mid-18th century to today. From complete outfits to individual headdresses, they are a tribute to the creativity and skills of designers and costume makers working in every kind of performance: drama, opera, dance, musicals, pantomime, rock and pop, music hall, film, cabaret and circus.

Collection Highlights

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Music-hall costume worn by May Moore Duprez, about 1910, England
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Costume for 'Prince's Mother' in Swan Lake designed by Alexandre Golovine for the Bolshoi, Moscow, 1901
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Shall We Dance, film costume worn by Fred Astaire, made by Anderson & Sheppard Ltd, 1936, UK
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Headdress, theatre costume worn by Ram Gopal, maker unknown, mid-20th century, UK
Costume
Costume for The Chinese Conjurer in Massine's ballet 'Parade', designed by Pablo Picasso, 1917
theatre Costume
Theatre costume from 'The Lion King', designed by Julie Taymor, 1994, US
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Brexit Dress, pantomime costume, designed by Lotte Collett, 2016, UK
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Lady in the Dark, film costume, designed by Edith Head, 1944, Hollywood, US
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Hat worn by Idina Menzel as Elphaba in the original 2003 New York production of Wicked, by Rodney Gordon, 2003, New York, US
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Dame Edna's Breakfast Dress, costume, designed by Stephen Adnitt, 1997, London, England
rock and pop costume
Rock and pop costume worn by Mick Jagger, designed by Ossie Clark, 1972, UK
rock and pop costume
Rear view, 'Bicycle John', rock and pop costume worn by Sir Elton John, designed by Bill Whitten, about 1974, UK
Design
Design for the costume of Le Buffoon in the ballet 'Chout', by Mikhail Larionov, 1915, Lausanne, Switzerland
Costume design
Costume design for 'Le Coq d'Or', by Natalia Goncharova, about 1914
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Black satin floral patterned shoes worn by Prince, costume, about 1994, USA
theatre costume
Theatre costume, designed by Philip Prowse, made by Bonn & Mackenzie, 1981, London, England
prop
Film prop and costume from 'The Bride of Frankenstein', designed by Vera West for Universal Pictures, 1935, US

Features

Background image: Costume for The Chinese Conjurer in Massine's ballet 'Parade', designed by Pablo Picasso, 1917