The last sale of costumes made for The Dutch Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam is more than 8 years ago. Shortage of space was the reason to organize another sale. On Saturday the 3th of February 3 this sale of costumes that have been used in recent years took place. From more than 25 productions such as Lohengrin, Die Soldaten, and Tannhaüser. More than 4000 costumes and accessories were sold, and they were (almost) all made by hand.
As expected, there was a lot of interest in both sessions. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. For both sessions, they sold a 1000 tickets! I did not have a ticket, but I was there in the morning when the first buyers left the building. And I was allowed to take a look at many well-filled bags!
This is Hans van Vliet, teacher at the Free School in Haarlem. He is so happy with his new coat! He calls it a ‘revolutionary’ coat and has also bought a cap, a kind of ‘Lenin’ cap. He goes home with a bag full of clothes. In it is also a beautiful checkered coat made of wool and a pink cloth that he will use in his classroom. Hans is more than satisfied with his ‘finds’.
Of course, this was also an excellent opportunity to check this all out with a friend.
This is Joan from Boxmeer. She bought this hat. She is not going to wear it. Instead she will use this headpiece for decoration. It probably fits an African mask.
Ruth is also happy with her purchases. Not everything that was for sale turned out to be handmade, Ruth bought a ‘confection’ dress and a cardigan. But also this blue wig. She loves hats and caps. Unfortunately, she did not find any today. The cap that she is wearing, she bought before at the Noordermarkt.
Also, many men were interested in this sale.
Luciënne is so happy with her ‘silver’ cape, she’s willing to show it immediately!
Not everyone found something to his or her liking, but sometimes just watching is fun too.
Carla Palermo was there as well, as colorful as always. Carla has her own vintage shop in Amsterdam and is always looking for treasures. For herself or for her store.
They are not yet fifty, but probably together they are. They are both dressed with taste, so I really wanted to photograph them.
To see the filled garbage bags, they have succeeded in any case.
This is Annette de Mol in – undoubtedly – her best purchase. She wears this coat with style but is not planning to wear it often. Unless a special occasion occurs. Annette wants to use the coat as an object and has a mannequin for it.
Pop up store
As a consolation for all those who were not there and still like to browse among theatre clothes: this gentleman with his bowler hat gave out leaflets at the exit. He organizes a Vintage Pop Up throughout the whole month of February, where film and theatre clothing is being sold. In the center of Amsterdam, the Gasthuismolensteeg 7 (formerly the Brillenmuseum).
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