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Costume Design

1995 (Painted, drawn)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Costume design for Aunt Branwell. The design depicts a full length female figure wearing a late 1820's style costume adapted for ballet performance. The costume consists of grey and lilac high necked overdress with puffed sleeves and flounces at the hem, worn over a grey underskirt. The figure also wears a brooch at the throat, and a cap with lappets on her head. To the right of the figure are two black & white photocopies of portraits of Elizabeth Branwell, and to the left is a black & white photocopy of a photograph of an 1828 dress from the Textiles & Dress Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (T.151-1968). Printed graphics for "The Brontes" and "Northern Ballet Theatre" have been glued by the artist into the corners of the design. The design has also been stamped by the "Society of British Theatre Designers", and "Mayer and Eden". Unsigned by the artist.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil, pen & ink, watercolour, black marker pen, and paper collage on paper.
Brief Description
Costume design by Lez Brotherston for Aunt Branwell in the ballet "The Brontes", Northern Ballet Theatre, Leeds Grand Theatre, 1995.
Physical Description
Costume design for Aunt Branwell. The design depicts a full length female figure wearing a late 1820's style costume adapted for ballet performance. The costume consists of grey and lilac high necked overdress with puffed sleeves and flounces at the hem, worn over a grey underskirt. The figure also wears a brooch at the throat, and a cap with lappets on her head. To the right of the figure are two black & white photocopies of portraits of Elizabeth Branwell, and to the left is a black & white photocopy of a photograph of an 1828 dress from the Textiles & Dress Collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (T.151-1968). Printed graphics for "The Brontes" and "Northern Ballet Theatre" have been glued by the artist into the corners of the design. The design has also been stamped by the "Society of British Theatre Designers", and "Mayer and Eden". Unsigned by the artist.
Dimensions
  • Height: 306mm
  • Width: 406mm
The sheet has been torn out of a spiral bound sketch book.
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
  • ' 3 colour / 3 B+W ' (Textual information; Lower left hand side.; handwriting; pencil; Brotherston, Lez)
  • ' Aunt Branwell ' (Textual information; Lower centre edge.; handwriting; ink; Brotherston, Lez)
  • ' 1830's ish ' (Textual information; Lower right hand side.; handwriting; pencil; Brotherston, Lez)
Credit line
Given by Lez Brotherston
Object history
This costume design by Lez Brotherston is part of an extensive collection of designs donated to the Theatre Museum by the artist in 2002. The design was executed for a production of Gillian Lynne's ballet "The Brontes" performed by Northern Ballet Theatre, at the Grand Theatre, Leeds on March 6th 1995. The production was directed by Christopher Gable, the music was composed by Dominic Muldowney, and the lighting was designed by Paul Pyant.
Production
Reason For Production: Commission
Subjects depicted
Associations
Literary ReferenceThe Brontes
Associated Object
Collection
Accession Number
S.287-2002

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record createdDecember 10, 2002
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