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La Fille mal gardée

Set designs

Compilation of the set designs for La Fille mal gardée by Osbert Lancaster (1960). 

Sir Frederick Ashton commissioned close friend and colleague Osbert Lancaster to create the set and costume designs for La Fille mal gardée, insisting that they avoid “any whiff of rural verismo”. Lancaster used monotone pastel colours and grandiose rural architecture inspired by the illustrations of Boutet de Monvel in Images d’Epinal. The illustrations, much like the set designs, use bold color creating a clarity and vivacity that emulates pastoral life. Lancaster is also acclaimed for his design of John Cranko’s Pineapple Poll which entered The National Ballet of Canada’s repertoire in 1959.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.