Monday, June 11, 2012
It's an original costume for Peter Pan. As in the 1911 production.
I don't remember seeing it in my London travels – my word is there SO much to see! But I did see the original flying harness.
Special thanks to (Chris)Topher Clark, who posted it online amidst other great shots of his own London trip. You can find that posting here. Sir, should you find this post and wish me to delete it, just say the word and I will do so. But I certainly hope you allow me to share your wonderful find/photo!
As Mr. Clark points out - it's not green. Imagine that! ;)
What I want to point out is the cape-like element of it. Extra proof (not that it had been necessary) of part of my rationale for giving the eternal boy a "capelet" in Peter Pan's NeverWorld. Have the Cape and Read It, Too
It's also interesting to me that Barrie changed it for the book so that Pan wears "skeleton leaves" for his outfit. Just one of many alterations he crafted in the process of making the play into a novel. There are definitely leaves at the top of it, though!
Hope you enjoyed seeing this bit of history, folks!
At first I had it listed as the 1904 suit as in THE original, but some named Persinette on the web corrected me in the comments. Actually, Persinette corrected Mr. Clark, whose info I trusted and should have looked into further. That's what I get for being too excited and kicking myself for not remembering seeing it. Thanks, Persinette! I thought the cape looked a little thin! See here, which is a photo from the 1904. Interesting, though - the cape possibly gets thinner as time went on, until it disappeared. Of course, it also seems like it's attached to just the arms in this...