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Costume design - Alison Chitty costume design

Alison Chitty costume design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1983 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chitty, Alison (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, gouache, gold paint, with fabric samples

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Alison Chitty

  • Museum number:

    S.1407-1986

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This costume design was produced by Alison Chitty for Ian McKellen as Pierre in Otway's play Venice Preserv'd at the Royal National Theatre in 1983. It is a superbly presented drawing, the figure standing on the paved floor against the base of a column, and executed in subtle tones of grey highlighted in gold and red. It is extremely unusual to find a design executed almost wholly in pencil, but it conveys exactly the right sense of time and place. The fabric samples show how the designer wanted the costume made; the coat in a heavy dull black suede, with the touches of red and the fine striped fabric. It is at once sombre and very masculine and the suede avoids the density of black, which can create a dead area when on stage.

Physical description

Full length male figure standing on a paved floor against the base of a pillar. He wears an 18th century coat, drawn in pencil, with gold and red braiding down front, on cuffs and in the back pleats; the breeches fitting into knee-height torn-down boots; the waistcoat is of a grey (pencil) with a subtle gold all-over design. Around the waist is a sash in grey, gold and deep red. The right hand rests on a sword hilt. Around the neck is a white cloth. Attached upper left are fabric samples of black suede, red and blue striped silk and fine dark blue and white strip.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1983 (designed)

Artist/maker

Chitty, Alison (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, gouache, gold paint, with fabric samples

Marks and inscriptions

Pierre - Ian McKellen
pencil, vertically up right hand side

Dimensions

Height: 385 mm, Width: 283 mm

Object history note

The design was executed by Alison Chitty for Ian McKellan as Pierre in Otway's play Venice Preserv'd, produced at the Royal National Theatre, 1983.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Alison Chitty for Ian McKellen as Pierre in Otway's play Venice Preserv'd at the Royal National Theatre in 1983. Pencil, gouache, wash and gold paint with fabric samples.

Materials

Pencil; Gouache; Gold paint; Suede; Cotton; Silk

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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