Cierci is part of Bathilde’s posse of nobles. As a noble she has been exposed to the wider world and her clothing displays the latest in fashion moving her further away from the traditional flower motifs of the peasants and, perhaps by extension, from nature. I imagine that she is a bit like one of the Mean Girls; vain, ironic, condescending, but also clever. Quietly mocking the girls around her while being perfectly aware of how beautiful she is and how everyone stacks up next to her. As such her costume is meant to reflect a sassy Gibson Girl aesthetic, especially in the hair, using decorative buttons, pleats, pearls, and mutton chop sleeves in addition to the basic mullet skirt, Mucha-like waistline and wide collar of noble women. She’s named after Pierre Luc Charles Ciceri, the set designer for the original ballet.

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