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This chapter discusses the role of costume in opera. It is intended as an initial introduction to the topic and as such not only outlines key examples of existing scholarship, but also endeavors to illustrate the scope that exists for further research into this area of opera history. The 1881 production of Patience by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan is employed as a case study through which to demonstrate potential modes of analysis, to explore the connections between contemporary fashions and stage costume, and to illustrate the crucial role these garments play in communicating meaning.
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