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New costumes for Symphony in Cwhat was wrong with the Karinska costumes?

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#16 Dale


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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:01 AM

On that Swarovski site (thank you ivanov), they had a sketch (maybe more if you dig around):


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 06:28 PM

Video from Style.com about the new costumes: http://www.style.com...-at-the-ballet/

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:00 PM

Video from Style.com about the new costumes: http://www.style.com...-at-the-ballet/

Very glamorous indeed..! Posted Image Loved it loved it..! Posted Image

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:46 PM

Thanks for the video, cinnamonswirl. I agree, I think the tutu is stunning. And I adore the tiara, which, while based on a classic design, looks very modern. I love how it seems to float above the dancer's head.

I think Karinska's designs are wonderful-(MCB has them)-with all those little bows, but...are they going to be replaced with the uber-flat pankace designs...?...I don't like those...Posted Image

Well, apparently you do (see directly above)! Posted Image I don't like the pouf. To me, it looks fussy, and worse than that, it tends to obscure the all-important line from the middle of the dancer's back through her hips.

(The earrings will be available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will go to NYCB.)

This should be interesting -- earrings that are designed to be visible from a stage like the State Theater might be a little out of proportion for street wear.

Well, that depends on the street, doesn't it ... Posted Image And it could be that they'll be scaled back for everyday use, much as fashion designers adjust their runway designs before they're manufactured and shipped out to department stores.

If you look carefully at cinnamonswirl's video and you can glimpse them. I don't see how they could be scaled back enough for an afternoon at the ballpark or even a nice dinner out. Even at half-size, these are strictly for formal wear.

In the 40-some years I've been a NYCB regular, there have been a few adaptations to the costumes. The video that Quiggin posted (post #6) shows them at their worst, I think. The guys' costumes are half a step above practice clothes, while the tutus are more formal. Mismatch between the sexes. Fortunately, the men's tunics gained a satiny finish and some subtle sparkle. Posted Image The spats came Posted Image and went Posted Image . At one point, the women's bodices were a lovely brocade over a plain, flattish tutu. For some reason, they didn't last long. Posted Image A shame.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:35 AM

That is one gorgeous tiara. It is actually chic, a term I wouldn't normally think to apply to a tiara.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:05 PM

I was disappointed, I thought the costumes would be more strongly similar to the Junon dress, but I do like the tiaras. They are replicas of the Kokoshnik "hen's comb" style, which was popular in the late 19th century among royals - an imitation of the Russian peasant Kokoshnika headdress style - which the Tsarina then copied, and then the other royals had to have them too.


(the jewelry section of this website was fun to explore, makes you wonder which tiaras will be worn this summer for the Queen's Jubilee - maybe they will pull some of the rarely worn ones from the vault for the newer royal ladies to wear?)

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:16 PM

Last night I saw Symphony in C for the first time since the new costumes were unveiled. The corps de ballet's tutus glub up and down like self-propelled jellyfish whenever the corps runs or jumps, which is not seldom. Apart from this, the very worst I can say about the new costumes is that they are not Karinska's costumes.

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