What should Giselle's dress look like?
Posted 18 September 2007 - 08:36 AM
Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:37 AM
karsavina's turn-of-the-20th-century costume seems to have based on this idea, as have others, noted above.
the bolshoi's yellow is the choice of givenchy who designed vasiliev's production.
the others are likewise individual designer choices.
re: short skirts, i believe chauvire notes that the short skirt she wore - in the wake of that worn by spesivtseva - was in part due to the fabric shortage connected to wartime conditions.
i suppose if one is making direct reference to the ballet's 'roots' and the 'original' production(s) one might go w/ the 'directions' given by lormier - i wonder if one knows who designed the russian revivals by petipa after perrot. certainly the russian's have a tradition of keeping to the blue scheme for giselle's act one costume, even if and when the fabric is tulle and cut more like a tutu skirt - see virsiladze's designs for the bolshoi ballet.
(garafola's credits for petipa's 1884 staging include no mention of designs.)
the attached is a postcard from the imperial era of Anna Platonovna Domyershchikova, who seems to have danced at the maryinsky around 1906. it shows what i take to be one of giselle's 'friends.' [the writing on the side is some sort of advertisement.]
Posted 18 September 2007 - 10:44 AM
Posted 18 September 2007 - 11:35 AM
I went to to Google Images and searched for "giselle" + "ballet". There are 15,000 images covering more of the performance history than I would have expected.
Although most are from Act II, there are also many that show the Act I faux-peasant dress in a variety of colors, styles, and levels of simplicity or busy-ness.
Posted 18 September 2007 - 03:20 PM
It also depends on the dancer. I think Lynn Seymour looks fitting in the plain brown Royal dress because I think of her as a rather earthy dancer. But when Alina Cojocaru is in the same dress, it doesn't feel right. I think Alina belongs in a daintier, frillier dress. Weird huh?
Posted 19 September 2007 - 01:12 AM
Posted 24 October 2007 - 07:16 PM
Again, this is my own humble opinion...
Posted 24 October 2007 - 07:54 PM
Posted 25 October 2007 - 07:03 AM
Posted 25 October 2007 - 08:39 AM
I think she should have an apron in the first act -- pretty of course, white against a blue skirt is usual -- but something that makes it clear that she has demands on her time, work to do, when she's not picking daisies and .... So when she says she should go back in the house, the costume backs her up -- not that we WANT HER TO-- but it's one of the constraints on her, so that when Bathilde's dress goes sweeping by, we suddenly begin to feel the difference. Bathilde's dress should NOT have an apron.
Posted 25 October 2007 - 11:27 AM
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