Yes, I have been at it again, with Christmas pressies bought I thought I would treat myself to some naughties. I'll start at the beginning...it all started with winning some lovely items from Renata in Austria off Ebay, I also follow her Blog Style Revisited. She mailed me to say she had posted them, one of them being a vintage ballet head dress and I responded saying that I collect antique costumes and love ballet ephemera especially. She then sent me the details of the most wonderful web site in Holland run by the lovely Merel, please take a look, it is gorgeous, www.demerelbrocante.nl.
On her site was the most wonderful collection of ballet tutu's dating from the 1920's. This beautiful pink satin one is now in place on one of my mannequins. The little tulle tutu is absolutely tiny.
This one also has a dinky little satin leotard with a full tulle skirt and a sweet little matching head dress also trimmed with sequins.
My absolute favourite has to be this beautiful 20's lavender ballet dress with a gorgeous pearl appliqué stitched carefully to the front. It has layers and layers of frothy tulle.
......It even has frilly pants! They all have labels in them saying 'Patsy Richter Ballet' but sadly we cannot find out anymore. perhaps they were travelling players? The pieces are handmade but not couture pieces so I would imagine they came from a small ballet/theatre company and not one of the larger company's.
The downstairs now resembles a theatrical costumiers in a winter wonderland but I love it. I love the eccentricity of it all and being surrounded by all these wonderful old costumes that were once on stage, the only problem is I'm running out of room! I will show you the items from Austria when they arrive. I'd better get back to the housework as Mum and John will be here on Friday and I'm on a go slow as I've hurt my back (again)!! Have a great week.