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Costume design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    2005 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brotherston, Lez, born 1961 (costume designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, ink, watercolour, and felt tip pen on art board

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lez Brotherston

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 105, case 9

Lez Brotherston is one of Britain's most interesting and prolific designers. He was born in Liverpool and trained at Central School of Art and Design, graduating in 1984. He worked extensively for Christopher Gable at Northern Ballet Theatre where he designed such works as Carmen, The Brontes and A Christmas Carol and has designed stage shows for French and Saunders and Victoria Wood. Lez is especially linked with Matthew Bourne's dance company New Adventures (formerly Adventures in Motion Pictures) for which he designed Highland Fling, Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man and Cinderella. Lez Brotherston's costume designs for Edward Scissorhands display his characteristic figures; often looking to the left, they strike a strong and distinct pose.

Physical description

Full length male figure wearing a Hawaiian print shirt, green shorts, brown boots and a green visor, using his metal hands as kebab skewers. The design is edged by a line of thick black felt tip pen forming a rectangular frame, with another line making a second rectangle inside the first. It is drawn on a page torn from a spiral bound sketch book.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


2005 (drawn)


Brotherston, Lez, born 1961 (costume designers)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, ink, watercolour, and felt tip pen on art board


Height: 305 mm, Width: 406 mm

Object history note

This costume design by Lez Brotherston is part of an extensive collection of designs donated to the Theatre Museum by the artist.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Lez Brotherston for Edward at a Barbecue in Matthew Bourne's dance piece Edward Scissorhands, 2005


Pencil; Ink; Water-colour; Felt tip pen; Art board


Drawing (image-making); Painting (image-making)


Entertainment & Leisure; Designs


Theatre and Performance Collection

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