Costumes in the Limelight

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Costumes are powerful objects, which carry multiple meanings and memories in their fibres. Through three connected blog posts, I will highlight the importance of costume for performance: revealing the insights costumes offer into the lives of the people who designed, made, wore and saw them. Commencing with Ellen Terry’s ‘Beetlewing Dress’, moving on to Edwin Moxon’s embroidered ‘shorts’, and concluding with Kitty Lord’s carefully padded ‘Symmetricals’, I will showcase the information which these unique garments offer about the performer, performance, and audience, for which they were originally created.

‘Costume in the Limelight’ was a series of three connected blog posts exploring different aspects of 19th Century Stage Costume, published by the Journal of Victorian Culture Online (2020-2021). Accessible here:
Original languageEnglish
TypeA series of three connected blog posts produced for the Journal of Victorian Culture Online
Media of outputBlog Post
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


  • Costume
  • Theatre
  • Performance
  • Circus
  • Music Hall
  • material culture


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