DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
 
Jean-Philippe WORTH | The Lohengrin cloak
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WORTH, Jean-Philippe
France 1856 – 1926
The Lohengrin cloak c.1890
Textile
Fashion
green silk shot with gold and lined with flesh satin and tulle; bordered with a band of gold braid, cream silk chiffon and pearls, sequins and beads; nine hand-painted angels set in a circle of velvet with beads and gold ruche
centre back length 223.5 (h) x 406.5 (w) cm
The Arts Centre, Performing Arts Collection, Melbourne, gift of Pamela, Lady Vestey in 1978
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Melba wore this cloak for her role as Elsa, in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin. Following her first appearance as Elsa at the Metropolitan Opera Company, the critic for the New York Tribune remarked: ‘the magnificence of her wardrobe was without a parallel as far as the local stage is concerned’. (quoted in Gray, 2004)  Melba always wore her own costumes, not those belonging to the theatre as had been the standard practice.

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