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The Tempest

  • Object:

    Costume

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1979 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sonnabend, Yolanda (costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton ground with gold lame, synthetic net, feathers and plastic boning. Decorated with appliqué and hanging decorations.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Film Institute

  • Museum number:

    S.1681:1 to 3-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume worn by Toyah Wilcox as Miranda in the film The Tempest, 1979.

The British Film Institute (BFI) acquired its costume collection for display at the Museum of the Moving Image, which existed on the South Bank in London between 1988 and 1999. The collection is made up of British, European, American and Chinese films and covers the period from the silent film era to the mid-1990s. It contains a wealth of historic and significant film costumes worn by major performers and designed by some of the 20th century’s most important film costume designers. The collection was transferred to the V&A in 2015.

Physical description

Costume consisting of dress, collar and head piece, worn by Toyal Wilcox as Miranda in the film The Tempest, 1979.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1979 (made)

Artist/maker

Sonnabend, Yolanda (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton ground with gold lame, synthetic net, feathers and plastic boning. Decorated with appliqué and hanging decorations.

Descriptive line

Costume worn by Toyah Wilcox as Miranda in the film The Tempest (1979), designed by Yolanda Sonnabend.

Derek Jarman was one of the most influential film makers of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. He trained as a painter, at the Slade School of Fine Art, and later worked as a set designer for opera and as the designer for Ken Russell’s film The Devils (1971).

Jarman began making his own films in 1976 with Sebastiane. In 1979, Jarman filmed William Shakespeare’s The Tempest staring Heathcote Williams as Prospero and Toyah Wilcox as Miranda. The production and costumes were designed by Yolanda Sonnabend, a prominent theatre designer and painter. Sonnabend worked closely with Wilcox on the costumes. Wilcox recalled ‘I tried to do her feminity by her being creative; wearing masks, a fan, or putting shells on the dress. I wanted her hair in plaits because she wouldn’t know how to style her hair’.

Materials

Net; Lame; Feathers; Boning; Paper; Cotton

Techniques

Machine stitching; Hand stitching; Applied work

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Film and Cinema; Costumes

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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