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Fascinating Rhythm: Costume Design for Musicals: A Little Night Music

This is a research guide for Charles Schoonmaker's Fascinating Rhythm: Costume Design for Musicals (DRA4266.01) class.

ArtStor Examples

Dress, evening, 1902

Cream plain weave, chiné print pastel floral motifs; cream machine-made lace, Argentan style; ice blue satin; lattice work band of metallic thread and rhinestones; cream mousseline de soie 

Suit, day, 1900

Belle Jardinière. Navy and white drill; moss green broadcloth

Dress, day c 1905

White dimity, pale blue angular dot print; white Valenciennes lace a. Bodice: Monobosom; waist-length; gathered at front waist; full elbow-length sleeves, double engageante style cuffs; high boned band collar; horizontal Valenciennes lace band insertions

Dress, day, c1900

Jeanne Paquin. Silk taffeta, printed linen appliqués, sequins, silk chiffon, velvet

Suit, day, 1894

J.B. Johnstone. Black and white glen plaid; gray cotton sateen 

Dress, evening, c1900

Raoul Lafontan. Compound weave, cream organza stripes alternating with pale blue taffeta stripes, pleated into solid taffeta ribbon effect; cream mousseline de soie; blue mousseline de soie; cream taffeta S-curve silhouette

Hat, day, 1902

Madame Virot. Ivory plain weave; white maline; white roses with green leaves Shallow crown; flat top; two-part wired flat brim, inner portion silk, outer edge maline; maline ruffle at edge of brim; bouquet of roses under brim 


Swedish shawl

A woman's triangular shawl made of multi-coloured jacquard weave rayon in muted colours. Colour block designs woven in floral pattern with two colors which reverse on the other side.

Parasol, 1905

Betaille, French



Searching in ArtStor is a great way to get visual inspiration for your designs through objects and art. One advantage of ArtStor is you can zoom in very closely on the image and look at the details.

Go to Advance Search and set the dates to 1895-1905 and the geography limited to Europe and Classification to Fashion, Costume, and Jewelry. For the search term put in *. The * symbol will bring up all items with in the catagory. You can also search by particular terms such as dress, hat, coat, etc.


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