Hippolyte Lecomte


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(born 28 December 1781 in Puiseaux, France, died 25 July 1857 in Paris), French costume designer, painter, and lithographer. Although Lecomte, costume designer at the Paris Opera between 1825 and 1831, is not known for any major innovations, his work anticipates some aspects of costume design that developed further during the Romantic period. His interest in detailed and accurate historical and regional costumes prefigured the Romantic ballet's vogue for ballets of local color. The simple white dress he designed for Pauline Montessu's sleepwalking scene in La Somnambule (1827) was a progenitor of one of the most famous ballet costumes of all time, the Romantic tutu worn by Marie Taglioni in the title role of La Sylphide (1832). [See Tutu.]


From The International Encyclopedia of Dance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Dance.

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