Costume sketches from back in time by Alfred Albert, lead designer at the l’Opéra de Paris from 1856 to 1876. Granted sitting in the imperial box with Empress Eugénie would be better but what can one do.

Costume sketch or maquette for a production of the opera "Der Freischütz". 1870-1877.
Costume sketch or maquette for a production of “Der Freischütz”. 1870-1877. French. Crayon, plume, aquarelle, and gouache. Image © Bibliothèque nationale de France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546490/f1.item.r=Alfred%20Albert
"Le paysans".
“Le paysans”. Costume sketch or maquette for a dancer in the ballet scene from a production of “Der Freischütz”. 1870-1877. French. Crayon, plume, aquarelle, and gouache. Image © Bibliothèque nationale de France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546490/f2.item.r=Alfred%20Albert
Costume sketch or maquette for a dancer in the ballet scene from a production of "Der Freischütz". 1870-1877.
Costume sketch or maquette for a dancer in the ballet scene from a production of “Der Freischütz”. 1870-1877. French. Crayon, plume, aquarelle, and gouache. Image © Bibliothèque nationale de France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546490/f6.item.r=Alfred%20Albert
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Sketches for ballerinas from a bit back by Alfred Albert, lead designer for two decades at the l’Opéra de Paris (1856-1876). Costuming them all up he left the drawings for us to see. Not as good as a seat in the first box but it will have to do.

"Graziosa."
“Graziosa.” Undated. Image © Bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opéra National de Paris. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546334.r=Alfred%20Albert?rk=300430;4
"Zara."
“Zara.” Undated. Image © Bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opéra National de Paris. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8454639m.r=Alfred%20Albert?rk=214593;2
"Les Elfes." (Image 1).
“Les Elfes.” (Image 1). Undated. Image © Bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opéra National de Paris. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546297.r=Alfred%20Albert?rk=686698;4
"Les Huguenots." (Image 1).
“Les Huguenots.” (Image 1). Undated. Image © Bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opéra National de Paris. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546638.r=Alfred%20Albert?rk=922751;2