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Call number CWi 12875
Title Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Collection Boccia, Arthur Papers
Date circa 1972
Object Name Wardrobe Drawing
Creator Foote, Don
Scope & Content Wardrobe drawings showing elephants with blankets and hoods, and larger than life prop clowns. There are eight pay-off elephants; four in green and four in red.

First elephant has green blanket and hood with sequined background, trimmed with gold scrolls and lattice work. At lower center is a clown face with hat and bow-tie. Larger than life clown is in red and hot pink and sits at center back, controlled by clown rider dressed in green.

Second elephant and prop clown and rider is in the same design in reverse color combination.

Forms a part of CWM Mss 72 Boccia, Arthur Papers. This collection contains 1,171 wardrobe drawings of Don Foote (1932-1984), wardrobe designer for the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1962 through the early 1980s. The drawings provide a detailed documentation of the elaborate costuming for the Ringling circus in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Many of the drawings in this collection eventually were transformed into real costumes used on the show. A lesser number of drawings never made it to full production.