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Theatre Costume

  • Place of origin:

    United States of America (designed)

  • Date:

    1994 (original costume) (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Taymor, Julie, born 15 (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Buena Vista Theatrical Group Ltd

  • Museum number:

    S.3139:1 to12-2010

  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 105, case EXP, shelf FIG1 []

Costume from the musical The Lion King for the character of Scar. The costume consists of a full body leotard worn under tightly fitting corset and includes leather boots and a tail. The surface of the orange leotard is digitally printed with interlocking black diamonds and stiff leather covered piping has been attached to the corset, arms and hands. A stiff leather 'cage' is worn over the top of the upper section of the costume. It was designed by Julie Taymor (b.1952) and was worn with a mask co-designed by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry (owner and president of Michael Curry Design Inc).

Julie Taymor is a director and designer and has worked with both stage and screen productions. She received two Tony Awards for her work on The Lion King, one for direction and one for Original Costume design, making her the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical.

The musical of The Lion King is based on the original 1994 Disney film. Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical debuted on the 8th of July 1997 at the Orpheum Theatre Minneapolis, Minnesota, before premiering on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on October 15th 1997. The London premiere of The Lion King took place at the Lyceum Theatre on October 19th 1999 and the show is still running.

Scar is the primary villian of the story and plots to steal the throne from the hero, and rightful heir, Simba. This costume is a replica of the original Scar costume that was specially made for the V&A.

Physical description

Costume from the musical The Lion King for the character of Scar. The costume consists of a full body leotard worn under tightly fitting corset, and includes leather boots and a tail. The surface of the orange leotard is digitally printed with interlocking black diamonds and stiff leather covered piping has been attached to the corset, arms and hands. A stiff leather 'cage' is worn over the top of the upper section of the costume. It was designed by Julie Taymor (b.1952) and was worn with a mask co-designed by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry (owner and president of Michael Curry Design Inc).

Place of Origin

United States of America (designed)

Date

1994 (original costume) (designed)

Artist/maker

Taymor, Julie, born 15 (designer)

Object history note

Replica of the costume for the original 1994 production made for the V&A for display purposes.

Descriptive line

Costume from the musical The Lion King for the character of Scar. Replica of original costume designed by Julie Taymor for the debut production in 1994.

Production Note

Attribution note: Replica of the original costume from the debut production in 1994

Materials

Silk (textile); Leather; Cotton (textile); Shell; Glass; Wood; Brass (alloy)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Stage costumes

Production Type

Copy

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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