Albrecht

Albrecht goes to Giselle’s grave in a certain state of shock, a mixture of disbelief, surprise, remorse, and bereavement, many of which he is feeling fully for the first time. He began his campaign for Giselle as a lark and, without realizing until it was too late, came to truly love her. In Act II Albrecht shows himself for the noble he is. As a younger member of the elite his design follows the basic guides that Théophilé’s does but, in keeping with his character development, is more somber and less flamboyant. Compared to Act I his neckline is less cavalier, leather is almost entirely removed, and the light colors are traded for roasted oranges and browns to show, in part, a sense of mourning without resorting to the traditional black, his emotional deepening, a reference to an aged monarch butterfly, and to give him warm tones to show life in contrast with the cool colors of the dead willis. The “tails” of his coat are pinned up to his back to make dancing easier while keeping the same basic silhouette as his Act I costume and the fully developed butterfly motif of the nobility.

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