Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England
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Solitaire – costume designs





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SOLITAIRE, costume design by Barry Kay for a Harlequin Playmate; ballet choreography Kenneth MacMillan; Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet London 1978


SOLITAIRE, costume design verso pencil sketch of a ruff by Barry Kay for a Harlequin Playmate; ballet choreography Kenneth MacMillan; Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet London 1978



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Costume design for a Playmate in harlequin attire

Dry and wet pastel crayon, pencil, gouache
on handmade double-layered kraft paper
19 x 26 cm; 7.5 x 10.25 in




Verso:
Pencil sketch of an alternative
design for a ruff



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SOLITAIRE, costume design by Barry Kay for a Harlequin Playmate; details of headdress, coiffure, make-up, neck apparel and yoke; ballet choreography Kenneth MacMillan; Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet London 1978



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Playmate

Details of headdress, coiffure, make-up, neck apparel and yoke



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SOLITAIRE, costume design by Barry Kay for a Harlequin Playmate; details of tiered transparent PVC cuff over unitard sleeve; ballet choreography Kenneth MacMillan; Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet London 1978

Tiered transparent PVC
cuff over unitard sleeve


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For the Girl, Barry Kay created a plain knee-length dress loosely based on a sculpture by Auguste Rodin, consisting of a white bodice and a pale violet pleated skirt.

To contrast the outfit, he dressed her Playmates as harlequins in white long-sleeved unitards with elaborately constructed yokes. As a pronounced feature accentuating the costumes, he applied tiered cuffs worn over unitard sleeves, as well as ruffled and tiered peplums alternatingly fitted over billowing knickerbockers. The cuffs and peplums were made of transparent polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and, along with the unitards, decorated with hand-painted twining floral motifs, echoing Kay's setting of a transparent inflatable tree and its winding foliage.

Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet
Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
First Night 28 April 1978



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