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Rags to Roses Costume Appeal

A new era for Cinderella

Can you help us turn rags into roses?

The Royal Ball is fast approaching, but Cinders has been left in rags after a fire ravaged the family’s emporium. Scottish Ballet’s brand new production, Cinders! will herald a new era for Cinderella, brought to life with re-imagined Edwardian style costumes and sets, lifting the choreography to new heights, whilst delighting you with a surprise take on this fan-favourite story.

For a narrative ballet like Cinders! costumes are an important part of our storytelling. Alongside the choreography, the costumes donned by our dancers will help communicate the personalities and relationships you see on stage. We want you, in the audience, to be spellbound by this enchanting fairy tale and costumes are a vital part of that. With your support, we won’t need a magic wand to turn rags to roses!

One of the primary design influences for Cinders! is the stunning Art Nouveau period, typified by floral and organic forms. Around 120 gorgeous costumes will help bring glamour, enchantment and a sprinkling of stardust in to every seam to complete this re-imagining of Cinders!



Tragedy strikes when Mrs Thorne and her prickly children take over Cinders’ family emporium.

Mrs Thorne’s ghastly daughters are joined by her pride of place son who takes dandy to extremes, sporting gauche fabrics and clashing patterns. Mrs Thorne herself is draped in faux furs, the angles of her tailoring as sharp as her attitude and the colours as dark as her moods.

The unapologetically eccentric costumes of this family embody garish, gaudy, but delicious decadence. Expect wickedly fabulous hats, wigs and jewels aplenty.


What can be more Art Nouveau than a rose? Florid fluttering pink petals of chiffon will form the skirts of Cinders’ flowery friends as they float across a garden.

Nature inspired gowns are the order of the day at the ball. A dazzling midnight blue and bright white chiffon gown perfectly complements a hand embroidered velvet Edwardian jacket, each adorned with floral motifs and bejeweled with sparkling sequins and crystals. As for those all-important shoes, well, you’ll need to wait and see…

Your donation to the Rags to Roses Costume Appeal will help scatter some stardust into the costumes of this fantastical winter tale. Outfit Scottish Ballet dancers in stunning dresses, dashing jackets, and outrageous hats for a truly charming Cinders!


All those who donate £40 or more will be accredited here on our website, and those who donate £80 or more will also be accredited in a souvenir programme, unless you would prefer to remain anonymous.

I would like to support Scottish Ballet’s Rags to Roses Costume Appeal: 

We welcome cheques too! Please make them payable to Scottish Ballet and send to:

FREEPOST RTCE-KABC-XHJJ, Advancement Department, Scottish Ballet, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

If you live in the US and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so here.

Thank you to all who have kindly donated so far:

James & Kyle Anderson Weir
Sheila Baker
Julie Barr
Susan Bell
Irena Boettcher
Jack Bogle
David Brotherton
Antonia Brownlee
Ann Burnie
Janet Carr
David Chittleburgh
Stewart & Janie Clark
Sir Sandy and Lady Crombie
Elizabeth Danby
Elizabeth Dible
Lady Sue Douglas
John Duffy
Lorna Dunn
Elaine Falconer
Elspeth Fleming & Gordon Campbell
Rachel Flett
Hazel Forde
Dean Fostekew
Christine Frame
Curtis Frye
Gareth Morgan
Wendy Gordon
Ken and Liz Hare
Linda Herd
James Hogg
Jinny Hutchison
Carol Gee Jonson
The JTH Charitable Trust
Anne Kelly

Albert Kerr
Anne Lamont
Pauline Law
Geoff Lewis
Michael Lind
Katharine Liston
Mark Llewellin
Sandra Martin
Josephine Mason
Ian McEwan
Kathleen McWilliam
Carole Miller
Andrew & Rosemary Milligan
Morag Mulligan
John Newton
Gerald Paton
Jane Pritchard
Rosemary Rankin
Lawrence Robertson
Caroline Roxburgh
Jennifer Scarce
Pat Sinclair
Terry South
Alastair & Sheila Stewart
Janet Storry
Eleanor Taylor
Ann Thewliss
Polly Thomson
The W.A. Cargill Fund
Anne Wall
Lesley Wallace
James Watt
Anne Williamson
& eight anonymous donors