Historical stage costumes are by their very nature fabulous. Rarely understated they needed to communicate the nature of a character as soon as they step onto the stage. Some are ridiculous intentionally, some not (I fear poor Andreas Dippel was supposed to look heroic but fell rather short of that), and some are simply wonderful like the gold-breastplated Brunhilda and Bertha in Ondine.
I have no idea why that lady is dressed as a chicken – I really hope it wasn’t from a rendition of Swan Lake but I applaud her pluck (see what I did there?). Which of these is your favourite?
Above: Mizzi Hajos, Hungarian-born American stage performer, 1914.
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Oh my god, the chicken.
Well, I know what I’m doing for Halloween this year. *cluck cluck*
I’ve seen the chicken costume in various poses and other similar costumes as well – seems it was a popular theme ‘suit’ for a time as were other ‘bird’ suits – there’s some outrageous ones done as renditions of ostriches which were very popular for a time as curiosities and many ostrich farms were around as well then (the ostrich eggs remained a popular gourmet food for years) – they had ostrich rides even at some of the amusement parks and ostrich farms.