This paper will highlight the important role that collaboration can play in unpicking the multiple meanings historic costumes carry in their fibres. Taking a project to rigorously recreate the costume actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928) wore as Imogen in the 1896 production of Cymbeline as its focal point, it will demonstrate the cumulative knowledge and deeper understanding gained through uniting a range of specialist skillsets to examine and document a single garment. In this instance, as the paper will show, bringing together the triumvirate of maker, conservator and researcher has not only facilitated a re-consideration of the on-stage life of this costume, but also illuminated its original construction, and complex afterlives.
|Published - 1 Sept 2023
|Collaboration and Co-Creation in Theatre and Performance Histories, Theatre and Performance Histories Working Group, TAPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), University of Leeds - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Aug 2023 → 1 Sept 2023
|Collaboration and Co-Creation in Theatre and Performance Histories, Theatre and Performance Histories Working Group, TAPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), University of Leeds
|30/08/23 → 1/09/23