Story: Ballet

Kristian Fredrikson, costumier

Kristian Fredrikson, costumier

Costumier Kristian Fredrikson is shown in 1990 checking a Royal New Zealand Ballet Company costume. The garment is typical of Fredrikson's work: sumptuous, jewelled and beautiful, while allowing the wearer complete freedom of movement. Fredrikson, a New Zealander, worked internationally, designing for ballet, opera and theatre companies.

Ballet is sometimes referred to as a ‘theatre art’ because it includes not only dance, but visual and musical elements. Set and costume design – the visual element – has been a strong part of New Zealanders’ response to ballet. For many decades ‘white ballets' – Giselle and Swan Lake, for example – were the most popular. In these, female dancers wear white romantic (mid-calf length) or classical (short or pancake) tutus.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/2241
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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How to cite this page:

Jennifer Shennan, 'Ballet - Expansion and security, 1980s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/43142/kristian-fredrikson-costumier (accessed 17 November 2018)

Story by Jennifer Shennan, published 22 Oct 2014