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Designing for Movement: Dance Costumes, Art Schools and Natural Movement in the Early Twentieth Century

R Fensham

Journal of Design History | Published : 2015

Abstract

Using costumes created for the School of Natural Movement led by Madge Atkinson in the early twentieth century, this article focuses particularly on the role of design education and the more informal understandings of design emerging from experimentation in modern dance. It locates artistic collaborations between costumes and choreography in the cultural history of Manchester during the early twentieth century. In particular it discusses the development of unique approaches to design by the designers Walter Grimmond, Lilian Reburn, Stella Mary Pearce and Eleanor (Ella) Slinn, arising from their involvement with Atkinson and her dancers. It also considers the influence of leading design teach..

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