This is one of my favorite images in the book. It’s an image of the black theatre in the late nineteenth century. The image is being used to advertise a product but more importantly for my purposes, it shows an active and vital black cultural sphere, one in which the historical relationship between the black subject and food is picked up and used in theatrical production as an affirmation of desire.
Franck Bohbot - Theaters (Part 2)
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Part 1: here
The V&A says: This costume comes from Meleto Castle in Tuscany, where there is a private theatre, which was opened in 1741. It is a very early example of a costume made specially for the stage and, although probably used in productions of plays, it was also undoubtedly used for masques and other entertainments which included dancing. Furnishing velvet rather than finger velvet was used as it was more effective in candlelight and because it would better withstand the weight of the metallic embroidery. The use of such precious metals and expensive fabrics was only within the means of rich artistocrats.