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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

Most designers usually produce one costume design for each character or set of characters. Alix Stone was unusual in often drawing groups of characters, giving a sense of how costumes related to each other.
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 the male characters


1981 (made)


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

Object history note

Costume design by Alix Stone for the male characters 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 the male characters in a production of "Romeo and Juliet", English National Opera, London Coliseum, 1981

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Paper (fiber product)

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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