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Opera costume

Opera costume

Inv. Nr: from CE2/01462 to CE2/01469

This dress belongs to the character Cio-Cio-San from Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly.

It consists of a crepe kimono, which is tarragon in colour, with polychromatic floral-motif patterns inspired by oriental influences.

The front part of the dress is entirely open, and can be fastened at the waist with a pale green silk sash decorated with ovals, geometric shapes and chrysanthemum garlands. The sleeves are long and wide. The kimono also contains large embroidered additional patches with motifs of birds in distinct positions, turtles, tree trunks and flowers. The materials used are thin black and white silk as well as threads of gilded metal. Motifs of undulating ribbons and pine tree branches complete the decoration. The sash around the waist has two embroidered butterflies made from gilded threads.

The dress is completed with stockings and shoes with silk purple toecaps with flower patterns.

For the coiffure, the dress includes a tiara of fabric flowers with bells, an ornamental comb and two pins.

The outfit was donated to the National Ceramic Museum in 1960 by the soprano Lucrecia Bori. Lucrecia Borja y González de Riancho (Valencia, 1887 – New York, 1960), who adopted the artistic name Lucrecia Bori, sang for the first time in Madama Butterfly at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples in 1910.

Piece not on display.

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