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Dressing Up Collection

Dressing up is an art form, a way to transport ourselves into magical realms and embody captivating characters

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Prima Ballerina Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova

Prima Ballerina Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova
1924: Russian Ballet dancer Anna Pavlova (1882 - 1931), regarded as the prima ballerina of her era. (Photo by James Abbe/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Pavlova In Giselle

Pavlova In Giselle
Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1882 - 1931) performs in a production of Giselle. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageDressing Up Collection: The cast of Are You Being Served? pictured during the shooting of their

The cast of Are You Being Served? pictured during the shooting of their Christmas show. Pictured left to right, John Inman (Mr Humphries), Frank Thornton (Captain Peacock)

Background imageDressing Up Collection: The Faun (Nijinsky), costume design for the Ballets Russes, 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst

The Faun (Nijinsky), costume design for the Ballets Russes, 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst
The Faun (Nijinsky), costume design for the Ballets Russes, 1912. Design for Nijinskys costume in Debussys ballet l apres-midi d un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun)

Background imageDressing Up Collection: The Mad Hatters... Flamboyant manager Malcolm Allison and his giant killing side have

The Mad Hatters... Flamboyant manager Malcolm Allison and his giant killing side have
The Mad Hatters...Flamboyant manager Malcolm Allison and his giant killing side have taken to wearing fedora-style hats after their recent FA Cup success

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Court Jester dressed in red and blue wearing bells, stepping forward

Court Jester dressed in red and blue wearing bells, stepping forward

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Illustration of a fox dressed in suit and top hat

Illustration of a fox dressed in suit and top hat

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Ballet Dancer

Ballet Dancer
24th December 1938: A dancer with Antony Tudors London Ballet looking into a wardrobe at Toynbee Hall in east London. Original Publication: Picture Post - 55 - Ballet In The East End - pub

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Indian Dance (La Marquise de Casati), 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst

Indian Dance (La Marquise de Casati), 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst
Indian Dance (La Marquise de Casati), 1912. Published in L Art Decoratif de Leon Bakst. (Paris, 1913). From a private collection

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Fancy dress

Fancy dress
Cover of Leach Fancy Dress catalogue. Date: 1928-9

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Person Wearing A Ghost Costume, Made Out Of A White Sheet With Two Holes In It

Person Wearing A Ghost Costume, Made Out Of A White Sheet With Two Holes In It
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1960s: Person Wearing A Ghost Costume, Made Out Of A White Sheet With Two Holes In It. Highlights Are On The Sheet, The Background Is Pitch Black

Background imageDressing Up Collection: 5th Ave. - Easter 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

5th Ave. - Easter 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
5th Ave. - Easter 1911. The 5th Avenue Easter Parade - the Sunday morning Fifth Avenue Easter bonnet stroll

Background imageDressing Up Collection: 5th Ave. - Easter 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

5th Ave. - Easter 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
5th Ave. - Easter 1911. The 5th Avenue Easter Parade - the Sunday morning Fifth Avenue Easter bonnet stroll

Background imageDressing Up Collection: 5th Ave. - Easter 1911. Creator: Bain News Service

5th Ave. - Easter 1911. Creator: Bain News Service
5th Ave. - Easter 1911. The 5th Avenue Easter Parade - the Sunday morning Fifth Avenue Easter bonnet stroll

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Easter - entering St. Thomas's, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Easter - entering St. Thomas's, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Easter - entering St. Thomas's, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Colonial Costumes -- Gaynor Park, 1913. Creator: Bain News Service

Colonial Costumes -- Gaynor Park, 1913. Creator: Bain News Service
Colonial Costumes -- Gaynor Park, 1913. Shows the children's pageant at the dedication of the William J. Gaynor Park Playground and Recreation House in New York City, Dec. 20, 1913

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Pearly King and Queens Harvest Festival, London, England, UK

Pearly King and Queens Harvest Festival, London, England, UK

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Children playing with toys

Children playing with toys
864812 Children playing with toys; (add.info.: Children playing with toys - Soldier's uniform, horse on wheels, ball, ninepins, skipping rope, rattle, bugle)

Background imageDressing Up Collection: L Andalouse, 1927. Creator: Francis Picabia

L Andalouse, 1927. Creator: Francis Picabia
L Andalouse, 1927. From a private collection

Background imageDressing Up Collection: follow the leader

follow the leader
Linda Wride

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Women Dancing at New Years as Monkey Trainers, c1800. Creator: Utagawa Toyokuni I

Women Dancing at New Years as Monkey Trainers, c1800. Creator: Utagawa Toyokuni I
Women Dancing at New Years as Monkey Trainers, c1800

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Quand on a un père farceur, 1848. Creator: Honore Daumier

Quand on a un père farceur, 1848. Creator: Honore Daumier
Quand on a un pere farceur, 1848. When you have a prankster father. From Les Papas, no. 21

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Five children in fancy dress, 1870-1937. Creator: Willem Wenckebach

Five children in fancy dress, 1870-1937. Creator: Willem Wenckebach
Five children in fancy dress, 1870-1937. Children dressed in coats and hats, with fake beards and moustaches. They each have a broom in hand

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Mercury Ordering Calypso to Release Odysseus, c.1680. Creator: Gerard de Lairesse

Mercury Ordering Calypso to Release Odysseus, c.1680. Creator: Gerard de Lairesse
Mercury Ordering Calypso to Release Odysseus, c.1680

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Children in disguise, known as Les Atours, c1790. Creators: William Artaud, John Hoppner

Children in disguise, known as Les Atours, c1790. Creators: William Artaud, John Hoppner
Children in disguise, known as Les Atours, c1790

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Miss Kitty Dressing, 1781. Creator: Thomas Watson

Miss Kitty Dressing, 1781. Creator: Thomas Watson
Miss Kitty Dressing, 1781

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Self-portrait of Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856 - 1931) in Arabic costume, c

Self-portrait of Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856 - 1931) in Arabic costume, c
1275378 Self-portrait of Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856 - 1931) in Arabic costume, c.1890 (sepia photo). by Gloeden, Wilhelm von (1856-1931); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Planet of the Apes i Urko and Galan and friends (currently appearing at Chipperfields

Planet of the Apes i Urko and Galan and friends (currently appearing at Chipperfields Curcus) called on the Queen at Buckingham Palace, to give a hand with the Changing of the Guard

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Model, Felicity Devonshire, who is a keen Chaplin fan, pays tribute to Chaplin today when

Model, Felicity Devonshire, who is a keen Chaplin fan, pays tribute to Chaplin today when she dressed up as him. Charlie Chaplin receives his knighthood at Buckingham Palace from the Queen tomorrow

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Halloween hairdressers at Stuarts. 31st October 1987

Halloween hairdressers at Stuarts. 31st October 1987

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Conservative MP for Smethwick, Peter Griffiths with his wife Mrs Jeannette Griffiths

Conservative MP for Smethwick, Peter Griffiths with his wife Mrs Jeannette Griffiths, at an Edwardian Old Time Music Hall evening at Thimblemill Baths, Smethwick. 4th November 1965

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Childrens Halloween party at Willows Centre. October 1994

Childrens Halloween party at Willows Centre. October 1994

Background imageDressing Up Collection: The British Steel Gala, Teesside. One of the floats at the Gala with adults

The British Steel Gala, Teesside. One of the floats at the Gala with adults and children dressed in costumes. 4th July 1993

Background imageDressing Up Collection: For a moment Alison Rand displays a touching lack of awe for the Olympic medals that put

For a moment Alison Rand displays a touching lack of awe for the Olympic medals that put her mother Mary Rand among the world d supreme athletes. 29th October 1964

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Lorina and Alice Liddell in Chinese Dress, 1860. Creator: Lewis Carroll

Lorina and Alice Liddell in Chinese Dress, 1860. Creator: Lewis Carroll
Lorina and Alice Liddell in Chinese Dress, 1860

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Dickens Festival, Rochester, England, UK

Dickens Festival, Rochester, England, UK

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Laceing [sic] a Dandy, January 26, 1819. January 26, 1819. Creator: Anon

Laceing [sic] a Dandy, January 26, 1819. January 26, 1819. Creator: Anon
Laceing [sic] a Dandy, January 26, 1819

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Cover of La Vie Parisienne, 18th March, 1922 (colour litho)

Cover of La Vie Parisienne, 18th March, 1922 (colour litho)
DGC288167 Cover of La Vie Parisienne, 18th March, 1922 (colour litho) by Milliere, Maurice (1871-1946); 33x25.4 cm; Private Collection; Prismatic Pictures ; French, out of copyright

Background imageDressing Up Collection: A Momentous Question, 1903 (oil on panel)

A Momentous Question, 1903 (oil on panel)
993954 A Momentous Question, 1903 (oil on panel) by Cockerell, Christabel (1863-1951); 22.8x30.5 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christies Images

Background imageDressing Up Collection: 'Do you want very much to wear your pearl necklace?', illustration from Josephine is Busy, by H. C

"Do you want very much to wear your pearl necklace?", illustration from Josephine is Busy, by H. C
IL262870 " Do you want very much to wear your pearl necklace?", illustration from Josephine is Busy, by H.C. Cradock, published by Blackie & Son, Ltd

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Me and My True Love, c. 1930 (pencil & w / c on paper)

Me and My True Love, c. 1930 (pencil & w / c on paper)
5975353 Me and My True Love, c.1930 (pencil & w/c on paper) by Green, Madeline Emily (1884-1947); 38.2x52.7 cm; Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) U.K.; (add.info)

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Illustration for 'The Masque of the Red Death'by Edgar Allan Poe, 1895 (litho)

Illustration for "The Masque of the Red Death"by Edgar Allan Poe, 1895 (litho)
746777 Illustration for " The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe, 1895 (litho) by Beardsley, Aubrey (1872-98); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Maximilien Robespierre (Sepia toned)

Maximilien Robespierre (Sepia toned)
Maximilien Robespierre 1758-1794 Jacobin leader during French Revolution Engraved by W H Mote from the book Historical Sketches of Statesmen published London 1843

Background imageDressing Up Collection: General and Mrs. George Washington, 19th century. Creator: R Lewis

General and Mrs. George Washington, 19th century. Creator: R Lewis
General and Mrs. George Washington, 19th century. [ General and Lady Washington ]: children dressed as George and Martha Washington, in newspaper hat and borrowed mob cap]

Background imageDressing Up Collection: The May Queen (oil on canvas)

The May Queen (oil on canvas)
XPG381800 The May Queen (oil on canvas) by Hornel, Edward Atkinson (1864-1933); Private Collection

Background imageDressing Up Collection: The Primrose Gatherers (oil on canvas)

The Primrose Gatherers (oil on canvas)
XPG381802 The Primrose Gatherers (oil on canvas) by Hornel, Edward Atkinson (1864-1933); Private Collection; Scottish, out of copyright

Background imageDressing Up Collection: Dressing up the Doll, (oil on canvas)

Dressing up the Doll, (oil on canvas)
989260 Dressing up the Doll, (oil on canvas) by Sain, Edouard Alexandre (1830-1910); 50.2x61.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Dressing up the Doll. Edouard Alexandre Sain (1830-1910)

Background imageDressing Up Collection: The Police Court, 1867 (oil on canvas)

The Police Court, 1867 (oil on canvas)
CH401599 The Police Court, 1867 (oil on canvas) by Henderson, Charles Cooper (1803-77); 25.4x35.6 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright



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Dressing up is an art form, a way to transport ourselves into magical realms and embody captivating characters. Just like Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova, who gracefully twirled across the stage in her exquisite costumes, we too can embrace the elegance and grace of the Russian Ballet. From Pavlova's enchanting performance in Giselle to Nijinsky's mesmerizing portrayal of The Faun, costume design has always played a pivotal role in bringing these timeless stories to life. But dressing up isn't limited to ballet alone; it allows us to explore endless possibilities. Imagine being a Court Jester, dressed in vibrant red and blue with bells jingling as you step forward, ready to entertain all with your playful antics. Or perhaps channeling your inner fox, donning a dapper suit and top hat that exudes charm and wit. Whether you're a professional dancer or simply indulging in fancy dress for fun, there's something truly magical about transforming yourself through clothing. Each outfit becomes an opportunity for self-expression and creativity – from whimsical fairytales brought alive by ballet dancers on stage to extravagant parties where everyone embraces their alter ego. So let us celebrate the joy of dressing up. Let our imaginations run wild as we slip into fantastical ensembles that transport us beyond our everyday lives. Whether it's donning tutus or elaborate costumes reminiscent of Bakst's designs for the Ballets Russes or even just adding some sparkle and glamour to our everyday attire – let us revel in the magic that comes with embracing different personas through fashion. In this world where anything is possible when we dress up, let us dance like ballerinas with grace and poise while also enjoying moments of pure silliness as court jesters or sly foxes. So go ahead – put on that fancy dress and unleash your inner performer.