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- Costume design for Chiarina in Carnaval, 1910
- Costume for Chiarina in Carnaval, 1930s
Carnival, first performed in 1910, was revived by Colonel W. de Basil’s Russian Ballet company during the 1930s. The costume for Chiarina, which reflects her youthful joy, was re-made according to Bakst’s original design. The ruffled crinoline skirt is faithful to the designer’s concept; however the bodice differs slightly from the 1910 drawing.
“William Wyler was such a perfectionist. The Heiress, for example, was set in the 1840’s and 1850’s, so we had to deal with two periods. We had crinolines, and we also had hoops, a slightly different silhouette. There were scenes in which Olivia de Havilland got dressed. You saw her in petticoats, corsets, and corset covers. William sent me to a fashion institute in New York, to be sure that every button and button hole was absolutely accurate. If I had to choose a picture that I did where everything was perfect down to the tiniest buttonhole, it would be The Heiress.” — Edith Head.
Edith Head costume sketches for The Heiress, 1949.