Costume accessories for Pablo Bronstein at Tate Britain : Historical Dances in an Antique Setting

Press, CostumeClea Broad

This year I have been fortunate enough to work with Artist Pablo Bronstein on his site-specific work at Tate Britain. I designed and created all the oversized pearl accessories for the dancers, ensuring the costume jewellery expressed Bronstein's vision. It was very important that the pieces worked in harmony with the costumes, set design and performance.

It is a beautiful piece of art and performance, moving and mesmerising, serious and playful. Historical Dances in an Antique Setting is at Tate Britain until Sunday 9th October 2016.

“Even their necklaces of big white baubles are a reminder of other times, other fashions; not so much Renaissance pearls as Maggie-in-a-twinset pearls, Princess Di rather than a Velázquez Infanta. It’s deliberate, a quiet collision of styles and manners.
— THE GUARDIAN 26.4.16
“The dancers, bedecked in outlandish pearl necklaces and outsize earrings, adopt positions inspired by sprezzatura, a nonchalant yet elegant courtly attitude first described in Renaissance Italy.
— Evening Standard 25.4.16
“This, his most ambitious project to date, takes inspiration from the neo-classical surroundings of the Duveen galleries and the artist’s interest in the Baroque period to create a continuous live performance. Dancers will move through the galleries interacting with architectural elements, creating a spectacle not to be missed.”
— Tate Britain