Ondine Posted May 7 Share Posted May 7 A little off at a tangent, for historic SB tutu fans you could have hired one of Margot Fonteyn's (vision scene 1959) at one point in time! Huddersfield! It sold last year, £1,900, along with one worn by Antoinette Sibley (Crystal) and another for Judith Sinclair (Fire Fairy) I only hope they went to a good home. Detailed , delightful photos: https://www.dominicwinter.co.uk/Auction/Lot/570-fonteyn-margot-1919-1991-a-tutu-made-for-margot-fonteyn-as-princess-aurora-1959/?lot=377537 [Margot Fonteyn, 1919-1991]. A tutu worn by Margot Fonteyn as Princess Aurora in the Vision Scene of Sleeping Beauty, Bonn & Mackenzie Ltd., 1959, turquoise and lilac tutu with overpainting, comprising a fitted boned bodice of grosgrain taffeta, with net detail to neckline, and sheer puffed sleeves, gathered skirt of layers of tulle overlaid with organza pleated at front (organza torn on left side), and decorated with sequins (some missing), rear fastening with metal hooks and eyes, and red printed label inside of Bonn & Mackenzie inscribed in dressmaker's pencil 'Margot Fonteyn, Aurora, Sleeping Beauty', some wear and discolouration, bust 72cm (29ins), waist 51cm (20ins), length 72cm (28.5ins), together with: A tutu worn by Antoinette Sibley as Fairy Crystal in Sleeping Beauty, Bonn & Mackenzie Ltd., 1959, comprising a fitted boned bodice of turquoise fabric woven with silver threads, the fabric continuing in 'rivulets' onto grey net skirt, neckline trimmed with net to match skirt, the bodice and skirt embellished with beads and sequins (some missing, with resulting rust marks), rear fastening with metal hooks and eyes, red printed label inside of Bonn & Mackenzie inscribed in dressmaker's pencil 'Antoinette Sibley, Fairy Crystal, Sleeping Beauty', bust 71cm (28ins), waist 48cm (19ins), length 65cm (25.5ins), and A tutu worn by Judith Sinclair as Fire Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Bonn & Mackenzie Ltd., 1959, comprising a fitted boned bodice of orange taffeta onlaid with gold fabric and overpainted, the fabric continuing in 'flame' design onto burgundy net skirt, rear fastening with metal hooks and eyes, netting to neckline torn, red printed label inside of Bonn & Mackenzie inscribed in dressmaker's pencil 'Judith Sinclair, Fire Fairy, Sleeping Beauty', bust 82cm (32ins), waist 56cm (22ins), length 79cm (31ins) (Quantity: 3) Provenance: These garments were given to the vendor in the 1960s when a costume hire business in Huddersfield closed. Just over two years before Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev embarked on their remarkable partnership, on 20th December 1959 the BBC, in collaboration with The Royal Ballet, transmitted a live production of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty starring Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes. It was shown only once, and received great acclaim. In 2014 edited highlights of the production were shown again, presented by Darcey Bussell, including footage, thought lost, which had been recently found. The rediscovered reel contained not only the famous Kiss Scene in which Princess Aurora is awakened by the Prince, but also the Vision Scene (Act II) in which the Princess is attired in this tutu. Throughout her long career Dame Margot Fonteyn, the only English prima ballerina assoluta, was particularly lauded for her interpretations of Aurora in Tchaikovsky's iconic ballet. As well as starring one of the greatest ballerinas of all time in one of her key roles, the BBC production also featured prima ballerina Antoinette Sibley, and Judith Sinclair, who became a soloist with The Royal Ballet. Sibley and Sinclair played two of the fairy godmothers, Fairy Crystal and Fire Fairy respectively (the latter name apparently chosen specifically for this production). The three tutus, designed by Jane Scrase Dickins, evidently found their way into a costume hire business shortly after the production, from where they were rescued by the present owner over 50 years ago. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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