Freddie Mercury's black and white harlequin stage costume, 1970s,
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Freddie Mercury's black and white harlequin stage costume, 1970s,
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Freddie Mercury's black and white harlequin stage costume,
1970s,
a unitard in stretch man-made fabric, V-front, with signs of wear

Footnotes

  • Freddie's stage costumes were an integral part of his persona, always distinct and memorable. He wore several colour-variants of unitard and they were apparently inspired by costume worn by the legendary ballet dancer, Nijinsky, in 'Carnaval', 1910, featuring traditional commedia dell'arte characters, including Harlequin. The costumes for this ballet were designed by Léon Bakst.

    In an interview in 'New Musical Express' in June 1977, Freddie referred to the appearance of the ballet costumes in his onstage wardrobe. He is quoted as saying: 'I'm into this ballet thing...and trying to put across our music in a more artistic manner than before. (It) may not be quite right for rock 'n' roll...(but) if you don't try these bloody things out, you'll never know.'

    Obtained by the vendor from the Queen Fan Club.

    Exhibited: 'Queen Forever', Tokyo Tower, Japan, November-December 2011.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the illustrated images show Freddie Mercury wearing an identical stage costume.
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