The Boquet travel grant is the first
step of the Drottningholm research programme. It is dedicated to
french costume of the XVIIIth century. Borrowing the
named of the French artist who contributed so much to the
development of stage costume at that time, the project lead by
Elisabeth Trubert will focus on the materials and fabrics used.
This travel grant will enable the
recipient to travel to France and visit museums, exhibitions and
haberdashers and also to meet professionnals such as costume
designers and specialists in period clothing. The main emphasis
of the project is to look at ways that modern fabrics and
materials can be used to faithfully recreate those used in the
costumes of the XVIIIth century.
The management of Drottningholms
Slottsteater proposed Lena Dahlström, the Head of Costume
Production at Drottningholm Court Theatre, as she may be the
most suitable candidate for this grant in terms of her
understanding of the period and the benefit that it would bring
to the Theatre's workshop. Considering the schedules of the
temporary exhibitions, November 2000 appeared to be the best
time this ten days visit.
Following the visit, the Académie
Desprez asks the grant-holder to make up a complete file, giving
the findings of her visit and including a portfolio of samples
of materials that most closely resemble those of the XVIIIth
century and thereby provide a comprehensive reference source for
future costume design and production.
The Académie Desprez will pay for the
return air fare from Sweden to Paris. Members of the Académie
will welcome the beneficiary. The recipient of the grant will be
responsible whilst in Paris for travel expenses and subsistence.
Discover the Boquet grant:
Who was Boquet ?
The project to stimulate the nurture of
relations between Drottningholm and Paris around costumes
imposes the figure of one of the greatest costume maker of the
XVIIIth century. It is the name of the most famous
among them, which has been chosen: Boquet (1717-1814). French
artist who, in a long career, has integrated many styles and who
has contributed to the evolution of stage costume during the
XVIIIth century. Collaborator of Rameau, Gluck, Noverre, a good
many of his designs were to be seen throughout Europe and more
particularly in Sweden.