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Great Costume Auction & Exhibition

27 June 2008

Great Costume Auction & Exhibition

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La Papillon 1989. Green Goblin designed by Paul Jenden


For the first time ever, costumes from the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s wardrobe department are for sale.

Featuring more than 100 costumes from some of the RNZB’s most-loved productions, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to view or secure a piece of ballet history.

All made by hand, some of the costumes have taken hundreds of hours to complete.

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Alice 1997. Mat Hatter costume designed by Hilary Niederer. Worn by Kim Broad


From the whimsical Alice in Wonderland-inspired Alice, to the classic Nutcracker, the perennial favourite Coppelia and the sequined splendour of Swan Lake, these costumes are truly spectacular.

There is something for all budgets and tastes – from tutus to rat tails, tiaras to character costumes including ogres, green goblins, zany rabbits and beautiful butterflies.

Many of the costumes in the auction were designed by the late Kristian Fredrikson, including items from Swan Lake and Cinderella.

The RNZB’s costumes seldom go on public display, so don’t miss the opportunity to see these beautiful creations up-close. All costumes are up for auction – perfect for a unique display in your home or office – or as an impressive fancy dress outfit!

The majority of costumes will be sold by silent auction between 27 – 29 June.

A limited selection of the RNZB’s rarest and most prized costumes will be auctioned off publicly on Sunday 29 June from 5.30pm. Phone bidding facilities will be available.

A selection of the costumes for auction can be viewed on

Great Costume Auction & Exhibition

Shed 11, Queen’s Wharf

Friday 27 June 11am – 7pm
Saturday 28 June 10am – 5pm
Sunday 29 June 10am – 4pm

* Doors reopen at 5.30pm on Sunday for the live auction


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