Wednesday, October 28, 2009

In the Costume Vault


Fresh off my grand experience seeing Othello, I met my friend Bboots downtown today to check out the Joffrey Ballet's Costume Vault Sale. We sifted through rack after rack of costumes and quickly selected a couple of $2.00 scraggly old snow tree angel head pieces from the Nutcracker for our little angels. We discovered skirts that weighed at least 7 pounds and wondered how on earth slight ballerinas could manage such grace under all that weight. I selected a simple pink leotard and coordinating skirt for Emma. The skirt is labeled "Jurkowski" and our research has revealed she danced as principal with the company for more than 10 years beginning in the mid to late 70's. The leotard is labeled "Arthur" and Emma and I are fairly certain it belonged to Charthel Arthur who served as a principal dancer with the company until she left in 1983 and currently serves as a ballet master for the company. It certainly is nice to have a little piece of Joffrey history, but truthfully, I was shocked to find a costume Emma could actually wear as clothing...

How cute is this velvet coat?
It is beautifully crafted and fits her perfectly! It is a fantastic addition to her fall wardrobe.
I know it is hard to imagine and adult costume fitting a 12 year old so well, but ballerinas are a different breed!
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