Costume Design

ca. 1939 (painted)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Costume design for Betty Hardy as Leda in "Amphitryon 38". The design depicts a full length female figure holding a parasol over her right shoulder and left arm extended. The figure wears a full length pink shift with gold spots, which is fastened at the shoulders with pins (?). At the hem of the shift is a white "Roman wave" pattern. The figure also wears a gold and white "wave pattern" belt. The arms are decorated with gold bangles at the wrists, and a gold arm band on the left upper arm. A long white scarf is worn over the hair and shoulders. The hair is surmounted by the figure of a white swan with extended wings. To the right of the figure is a drawing detailing the parasol, which is white and decorated with geometric gold "roman" style patterns. Annotated by artist.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil, gold paint, white paint, ink, gouache, on paper
Brief Description
Costume design by Anthony Holland for Betty Hardy as Leda in Amphitryon 38, Oxford Repertory Theatre, ca. 1939
Physical Description
Costume design for Betty Hardy as Leda in "Amphitryon 38". The design depicts a full length female figure holding a parasol over her right shoulder and left arm extended. The figure wears a full length pink shift with gold spots, which is fastened at the shoulders with pins (?). At the hem of the shift is a white "Roman wave" pattern. The figure also wears a gold and white "wave pattern" belt. The arms are decorated with gold bangles at the wrists, and a gold arm band on the left upper arm. A long white scarf is worn over the hair and shoulders. The hair is surmounted by the figure of a white swan with extended wings. To the right of the figure is a drawing detailing the parasol, which is white and decorated with geometric gold "roman" style patterns. Annotated by artist.
Dimensions
  • Height: 373mm
  • Width: 272mm
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
  • ' "Amphitryon 38" / Leda / (Miss Betty Hardy) ' (Textual information; Upper left hand corner; Handwriting; Pencil)
  • ' Chiffon or voile ' (Textual information; Close to the figure at the centre of the design; handwriting; pencil)
Credit line
Given by Anthony Holland
Object history
This costume design by Anthony Holland is part of an extensive collection of designs donated to the Theatre Museum by the artist in 1996. The design was executed for a production of Jean Giraudoux's play Amphitryon 38 held at the Oxford Repertory Theatre, ca. 1939.



Historical significance: An early example of work by a prolific stage desinger who's career spanned nearly 50 years.
Subjects depicted
Literary ReferenceAmphitryon 38
Collection
Accession Number
S.520-2000

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record createdAugust 2, 2000
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