Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:55 AM
photos of the wilis show them in loose chemise-like garments with sparkles? on them; in reproduction they don't look like cellophane but more like spangled sheer fabric.
Mordkin's earlier GISELLE for a group led by Pavlova and shown at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1910 had a different designer - Joseph Urban - but a similar look to Soudekine's - decidedly not that of the Taglioni-like, full, long skirt, tulle tutu nowadays more or less de rigueur for GISELLE.
here's the NYPL cat. data:
Giselle: Chor: Mikhail Mordkin after Coralli and Perrot; mus: Adolphe Adam; lib: Vernoy Saint-Georges and Gautier; scen & cos: Joseph Urban. First U.S. perf: New York City, Metropolitan Opera House, Oct 15, 1910, All-Star Imperial Russian Ballet, Anna Pavlova.//Revival: New York City, Majestic Theatre, 1937, Mordkin Ballet; scen & cos: Serge Soudeikine