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  • Costume design
    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010
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Costume design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    1961 (Painted, Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, Pen & Ink, and Ink, on Paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Rachel Holland and Elsa Recagno as Female Guests, and projected costume design for Lucette Aldous as the Coquette. The design depicts three full length female figures wearing balletic adaptions of 1830's style evening dress. The figure on the left wears a grey skirt and bodice decorated with purple bows and flounces. The figure on the right wears a dark blue and gold skirt and bodice. The central figure wears a deep red skirt and bodice decorated with orange ribbons and flounces. All three figures wear ball masks and high hairstyles typical of the 1830's, decorated with plumes and ribbons. The central figure has been crossed out in pencil.

Place of Origin

London (probably, designed)


1961 (Painted, Drawn)


Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, Pen & Ink, and Ink, on Paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Extra Horse hair frills at Back to / Give it fullness & to stick out more / FOR ALL THE SKIRTS '
Textual information; Lower left hand corner.; handwriting; ink

' Rachel / D / OUT / Coquette / Elsa / E '
Textual information; Across the bottom of the design.; handwriting; pencil & ink

' Night Shadows / 69 Abbey Road / BALLET '
Textual information; Reverse left hand edge.; handwriting; pencil & ink

' Rambert / Night Shadows / Rambert / Night Shadows '
Textual information; Vertically on reverse right hand edge.; handwriting; pencil


Height: 380 mm, Width: 559 mm

Object history note

This costume design by Alix Stone is part of an extensive collection of designs purchased by the Theatre Museum directly from the artist in 1994. The design was executed for a production of George Balanchine's ballet "Night Shadow", performed by Ballet Rambert at Sadler's Wells, July 18th 1961. The music, based on themes from the operas of Vincenzo Bellini, was composed by Vittorio Rieti. The cast included Lucette Aldous, Norman Morrice, and June Sandbrook. The ballet was revived several times by the company, including performances at Sadler's Wells in July 1964.

The ballet (also known as "La Sonnambula" in some versions), was originally performed by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in New York, 1946.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Alix Stone for Rachel Holland and Elsa Recagno as Guests, and projected costume design for Lucette Aldous as the Coquette in "Night Shadow", Ballet Rambert, Sadler's Wells, July 18th 1961

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Ink; Paper; Pencil


Painted; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Costume; Ballet


Entertainment & Leisure; Dance; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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