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Costume design
  • Costume design
    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010
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Costume design

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  • Artist/Maker:

    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (costume designers)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr Ray Ingram

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    In Storage

Whereas most designers create artistic impressions of a costume, Alix Stone often produced outline drawings, which stress the construction of the costume - the essential outlines and annotations that the costume makers need to ensure that the cut of the costumes will be correct. This is particularly important in recreating period dress. Suitable fabrics can then be chosen, but the artist has no need to indicate more than an idea of the texture or pattern on the design. Everything is subservient to the construction. These are designs in the sense of a blueprint or plan for a product.
Although theatre designs are often considered works of art and are sought after by museums and private collectors, their artistic worth or decorative qualities are secondary to whether they 'work' on stage. The success of a costume design cannot be judged until it is translated into fabric, texture and decoration by the costume makers and seen as part of the whole stage picture. Some designers are very knowledgeable about costume making and produce very detailed designs, with notes on fabrics and making techniques, others create an 'atmospheric' drawing, which gives the feeling of the costume, and they then either work closely with the costume maker to realise their concept or have trusted makers who know their work and can create the effects they have in mind.

Physical description

Costume drawing for the Second Lady. Annotated drawings of 18th century half bodice front, back, and bodice, sleeves and upper skirt. Low scoop neck with lappet lower edge and half-length sleeves.




Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (costume designers)

Marks and inscriptions

2nd Lady

60 / 51 / 111 / 222 round 60 / 60 / 60 / 44 / 224

Gauze overskirt / Blue taffeta / underskirt - (see Patterns - )

Skirt width at Bottom = 275 (crossed out) 222" centimetres approx

Object history note

Costume drawing by Alix Stone for the Second Lady in William Shakespeare's play 'Twelfth Night', Old Vic, London, April 18th 1961. The production was directed by Colin Graham and the music was composed by James Bernard. The cast included Joss Ackland, Barabara Jefford, and Tom Courtenay.

Descriptive line

Costume drawing by Alix Stone for the Second Lady in 'Twelfth Night', Old Vic, London, 1961.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Paper (fiber product); Ballpoint pen

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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