Bedazzled 

 

 

 

Bedazzled showcases more than 20 costumes designed for the Royal New Zealand Ballet by Petone-born Kristian Fredrikson, as well as dozens of exquisite drawings.

 

There are costumes and drawings from nine RNZB productions and highlights include Cinderella's ball dress, Princess Odile's tutu from Swan Lake, the phantoms from A Christmas Carol and the brightly patterned chorus from A Servant of Two Masters.

 

The show offers a detailed look at Fredrikson's designs, acclaimed for their sumptuous, jewel-like qualities, hidden meanings and underlying symbolism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Fredrikson understood the role costumes play in revealing the narratives of the ballet and the complexities of the characters on stage", says curator Leanne Wickham.

"His eye for detail, use of colour, decadent material choices and glittering embellishments infused the ballets with life, blurring the lines between dancer and costume."

From saris to feathers, silky satin and ripped linen rags, fabric formed the foundation of his work. Fredrikson famously collected material wherever he went, from second-hand shops and the like, transforming it into part of an exquisite costume.

Kristian Fredrikson received many awards in his lifetime, and died in Sydney in November 2005. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"His eye for detail, use of colour, decadent material choices and glittering embellishments infused the ballets with life, blurring the lines between dancer and costume."

 

 

 

 

Sponsors:

David and Gulielma Dowrick

Developed and toured by The Dowse Art Museum

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