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

  • Date:

    1981 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr Ray Ingram

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Audiences need relatively little information to recognise a period and here the pleated, skirted tunic with cloaks and slashed sleeves are sufficient to set the time as Renaissance. Designers usually draw individual designs for the costumes, but Alix Stone would often group characters together; this helped the makers see how the costumes related to each other on stage.
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 design for Benvolio, Capulet, a Lawyer, and a Guest of Capulet. Four full length male figures in Renaissance dress. Left, wearing a belted open-fronted tunic with shawl collar and wide short sleeves over a banded gathered shirt with full length slashed sleeves with a small brimmed cap. Centre left an old man wearing a knee-length tunic, belted below waist, with a square neck and full short sleeves over a shirt gathered into neck with fitted sleeves slashed at elbow. Centre right a man wearing a full length robe with hanging sleeves and wide fur collar and a small brimmed cap. Right a male figure wearing a full gown, pleated at sides, with a decorative pattern at neck and a chain of office; the wide sleeves are stiff and horizontally pleated; on his head a high brimmed hat with a decorative 'pin'


1981 (made)


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

Marks and inscriptions

Benvolio / Capulet (Bedroom) / Lawyer / Capulet Guest

Object history note

Costume design by Alix Stone for Benvolio, Capulet, a Lawyer, and a Guest of Capulet in a production of Charles Gounod's opera "Romeo and Juliet", performed by the English National Opera at the London Coliseum, January 14th 1981. J. Barbier & M Carre's libretto was translated by Edmund Tracey. The production was directed by Colin Graham; conducted by Louis Fremaux; lit by Mark Henderson; choreographed by Pauline Grant; and the fights were arranged by Peter Woodward. The cast included John Brecknock as Romeo, and Valerie Masterson as Juliet.

The production was subsequently revived at the London Coliseum in January 1983.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Alix Stone for Benvolio, Capulet, a Lawyer, and a Guest of Capulet in a production of "Romeo and Juliet", English National Opera, London Coliseum, 1981

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Paper (fiber product); Pen and ink; Pencil

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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