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Theatre Costume

1959 (made)
Artist/Maker

Unstructured pseudo Fortuni sleeveless boatneck full length tunic in black loosely woven cotton. From the shoulders and to the back hang full length strips of black and brown fringed cotton net and long strips of the basic fabric to the back. The costume is lined with beige art silk. At some time later two more inner linings of white art silk have been attached below the bust level, one layer of which has been stitched to the beige lining. The costume fastens on the left shoulder with velcro and down the full length of the left side seam with a strip of press studs on a cotton base. The innermost lining is fastened with velcro. A printed wardrobe label is sewn inside the back of the costume. Some damage has been sustained: right back, 2.5cm below the shoulder line, a 5cm vertical slit; centre back, 2.5cm below the neckline, a 4cm three-cornered tear; left back, 57.5cm below shoulder, a 4cm hole.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Woven cotton, art silk, velcro, press studs
Brief Description
Tunic dress designed by Riette Sturge Moore for Edith Evans as Volumnia in Shakespeare's Coriolanus, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959
Physical Description
Unstructured pseudo Fortuni sleeveless boatneck full length tunic in black loosely woven cotton. From the shoulders and to the back hang full length strips of black and brown fringed cotton net and long strips of the basic fabric to the back. The costume is lined with beige art silk. At some time later two more inner linings of white art silk have been attached below the bust level, one layer of which has been stitched to the beige lining. The costume fastens on the left shoulder with velcro and down the full length of the left side seam with a strip of press studs on a cotton base. The innermost lining is fastened with velcro. A printed wardrobe label is sewn inside the back of the costume. Some damage has been sustained: right back, 2.5cm below the shoulder line, a 5cm vertical slit; centre back, 2.5cm below the neckline, a 4cm three-cornered tear; left back, 57.5cm below shoulder, a 4cm hole.
Dimensions
  • Length: 118cm
  • Width: 74cm
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
  • '[printed] SHAKESPEARE MEMORIAL THEATRE / Name [handwritten] DAME EDITH / EVANS / [printed] Play [handwritten] CORIOLANUS' (Label; Inside back neck; 1959)
  • 'SHAKESPEARE MEMORIAL THEATRE / Name / Play' (Printing; Printing ink)
  • 'DAME EDITH / EVANS / CORIOLANUS' (Handwriting; Ink)
Credit line
Given by Mr. Miles Anderson
Object history
This costume was worn by Edith Evans as Volumnia in Shakespeare' s Coriolanus, directed by Peter Hall, which opened at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, 7 July 1959.



Historical significance: This costume is a good example of period design and was worn by one of the 20th century's major actresses in an acclaimed Shakespeare production which also starred Laurence Olivier
Association
Collection
Accession Number
S.265-1999

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record createdNovember 3, 1999
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