On View
Taking the Stage Gallery
Taking the Stage
Created by
Chacott Co., Ltd., Japanese, founded 1950
Manufactured by
Capezio, American, founded 1887
Worn by
Silva, Ingrid, Brazilian, born 1988
Shoe: satin cloth and ribbons, elastic, leather, paper, cloth, adhesive, and cosmetics;
Tights: nylon, spandex, and dye
H x W x D (.1 without ribbons extended): 9 3/8 × 3 1/8 × 2 1/2 in. (23.8 × 7.9 × 6.4 cm)
L (.1 PL ribbon): 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm)
L (.1 PR ribbon): 21 5/16 in. (54.1 cm)
H x W x D (.2 on form): 23 × 5 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (58.4 × 14 × 11.4 cm)
L x W (.2 flat): 27 × 7 3/4 in. (68.6 × 19.7 cm)
.1: One (1) ballet pointe shoe custom-colored with cosmetics to a dark brown to match the skin tone of the dancer. A drawstring runs around the top of the foot opening and is tied in a knot at the vamp with the ends cut short. Two lengths of custom-colored satin ribbon are hand sewn to the binding, one each on the left and right side quarters of the shoe. The leather sole has hatch marks on the front half and impressed text at the heel that reads: "24 1/2 / D / M / Chacott / MADE IN JAPAN / N / L / V". Also on the sole is hand-written text reading: "26 / 5 / L / E". Uneven wear on the platform of the toe box and the ball of the foot on the outer sole indicates this shoe was worn on the left foot. The fabric-covered shank is broken at the arch of the foot with the back portion removed and the exposed front portion of the shank covered in pink and white printed Band-Aids, with the fabric cover loose where the shank is missing.
.2: Pair of dance tights, size small/medium, with inherent holes in feet that are custom-dyed to a dark brown to match the skin tone of the dancer. The foot holes allow the tights to be worn covering the foot and toes, with the hole at the ball of the foot, or worn footless with the foot portion rolled at the ankle. The tights have an elastic waistband with the clothing designer logo woven within the waistband that repeats "Capezio". A clothing tag is attached at the back of the waist with the care instructions, size, and materials. On the back of the tag is hand-written text in black ink reading "IS".
Place collected
New York City, Manhattan, New York, United States, North and Central America
toe shoes
tights (opaque stockings)
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Dance Theatre of Harlem
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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