Tutu worn by Margot Fonteyn as Princess Aurora in Act III of the Sadler's Wells Ballet production of 'The Sleeping Beauty' (1946)

Collection: Margot Fonteyn Collection
Object number: ROH/FON/COS/0003460
Date: 1946
Description: Tutu with a bodice of white grosgrain taffeta. The neckline is decorated with a frill of white nylon net with gold thread. The centre front is decorated with silver effect braid, rhinestones, silver and gold effect sequins and simulated lace woven with silver gilt braid in a stylised foliage pattern ending in a point. There are stylised leaf decorations in silver gilt braid on the back. The basque is decorated with silver gilt braid in stylised leaf shapes. There are armlets of white nylon and silk net with scalloped edges. They are decorated with silver and gold sequins and held in place by elasticated white satin ribbon. The skirt is white nylon net with scalloped edges. The overskirt of white silk net has pointed edges and is decorated with silver and gold effect lamé, sequins and braid. There are elastic shoulder straps, an elastic stap in the gusset, and a hoop in the skirt.
Maker: Marjorie Rogers
Costume designer: Oliver Messel
Wearer: Margot Fonteyn, 1946 - 1966
Company: Sadler's Wells Ballet
Condition: Good. Gusset has been unstitched for display.
Acquisition Method: Purchase
Related production: The Sleeping Beauty (1946)