ICOM Costume Post Conference Tour Český Krumlov 27. 8. 2022

The Post Conference Tour will lead to the Wardrobe of the Baroque Theatre Castle ČESKÝ KRUMLOV  (Czech Republic)

The Castle Český Krumlov, one of the most important sites in the Czech Republic is hidden in an extensive collection of theatrical costumes, one of the largest sets from the 18th century in Europe. To know more about the Castle, check this link.

During the 18th century (period of the Schwarzenberg’s since 1718) the Krumlov theatre wardrobe was gradually expanded until it reached an amazing total of 262 items recorded in the inventory in 1807. The preserved collection, which includes more than 300 dresses and accessories, is very varied in types of characters, shapes, used materials, and the manner of craftsmanship.

The most attractive and artistically valuable part of the collection is a small set ( cca 20 items) of costumes richly embroidered. Their silhouettes are keeping with the fashion of the late Rococo. The extensive ornaments of silver embroideries recall the splendid costume designs of the Viennese court designer A.D.Bertolli. 

Among these “opulent“ richly decorated costumes we find the set of four skirts, described in the inventory from 1760 as “ballet skirts“. It seems they might be used for some group dancing performances. Their embroidery and applications remind very closely of the designs of the above-mentioned famous Viennese theatre designer Antonio Bertolli. As is known from many archive documents the family of Schwarzenberg was for many generations closely connected with the imperial Vienesse court.

Comparing the inventory of 1807 with the chateau wardrobe’s present state, we can reliably identify many pieces. Worth mentioning, for instance, are linen dance costumes, miners’ and monks’ costumes, or liveries for members of the castle orchestra. The popularity of pantomimes and commedia dell´arte is recalled by costumes of Pierot, Pantalone, Brighella and Dottore. In counterposition to splendid costumes, probably used for performances of opera seria costumes for pantomimes and commedia dell´arte are made of much modest fabrics, mostly canvas and wool, sometimes decorated by glittering trims

Their construction respects a silhouette of actual fashion, and the way of tailoring is rather professional. 

According to written documents local tailors were invited for some rehearsals to be available if actors required any adjustments to their costumes. The actors themselves carried out various details. 

On many costumes, we see traces of remodeling in later periods. The whole collection was used (as is clear from repeating titles of inventories from 1760 and 1807) both for the stage purposes and for masquaŕade entertainment in the castle.

We are step by step discovering, within continual restoration work on the collection carried out since the end of the 1970s, the richest source of information on the technical elaboration of costumes and traces of their “social life“. The main Award of Europa Nostra appreciated the restoration of the collection in 2002.

The theatre costume collection of Český Krumlov represents one of the largest sets of the 18th century providing both an exceptional opportunity to study authentic materials and designs used for the stage costumes of the time and inspiration for contemporary costume designers.

Center of International Studies of Baroque Culture directly on the first court of the Castle Český Krumlov (open since 2016).

Study opportunities:

Authentic collection of theatre costumes in direct relation with the authentic completely preserved theatre (stage, decorations, lighting, props) and the whole castle area with many unique architectonic details (the theatre is directly connected by a corridor with the Hall of Masks with Rococo murals of 138 characters in theatre and dancing costumes, Summer House Bellaria with murals depicting the aristocratic life in the mid 18th century)

Study of authentic fabric, decoration of costumes, way of tailoring, constructions (we have approximate 50 construction schemes 1:1 and 1:20 for study purposes)

Workshops with special topics with the assistance of our specialists-curators and conservators. We provide also the opportunity for individual studies. Study of repertoire in archive founds. Study of archive sources  – the state archive with exceptional founds on the second court of the castle.


Costs of the Tour per person.

Prices are calculated for 20 participants.

All quotes are verified as of 8 April 2022.

Conversion is to the rate on 26 April 2022


– Lunch in the restaurant 350,- CZK/15 EUR

– Afternoon snack 250,- CZK/10 EUR

Lunch includes soup or starter, main course, dessert, and soft drinks in jugs. Choice of 3 to 4 options from the menu, one menu will always be completely vegetarian.

The afternoon snack is a sandwich, coffee/tea, or soft drink. Snacks can be served in the restaurant or takeaway.


– Person 1 000,- CZK/ 41 EUR

Transportation is calculated for 20 persons (smaller bus). If there are more than 20 participants, a larger bus must be booked. The total price for the bus would be 33 640,- CZK / 1 335 EUR. The price per person would be calculated according to the actual number of participants. 

Production costs (delegate, agency commission)

– Person 425,- CZK / 18 EUR

Production costs for the entrance to the castle in Český Krumlov
(entrance to the publicly inaccessible parts of the building – staffing, expert interpretation)

– Person 250,- CZK/ 10 EUR

Total 2 275,- CZK / 94 EUR


Participation fee of 100 EUR/person, which will include a small reserve for a possible increase in the price of diesel, changes in the exchange rate of the crown, or the case of a smaller number of participants. If there are funds left over, they can be used during the trip e.g. additional accompanying program, an extension of refreshments, etc. 

All people interested need to contact ICOM Costume Chair before 20 June to confirm the trip booking (20 participants is the minimum required to organize the trip).