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Theatre Costume

1958 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Christian Dior designed the costumes for the Paris production of Jean Giraudoux's play Pour Lucrèce, which was subsequently produced at the Apollo Theatre, London, in 1958 as Duel of Angels in a translation by Christopher Fry. The costumes were recreated by the costumiers Bermans after Dior's sketches.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Theatre Costume
  • Dress
  • Theatre Costume
  • Hat
  • Cancelled Number
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Costume worn by Vivien Leigh as Paola in Jean Giraudoux's play, Duel of Angels, Apollo Theatre, 1958
Physical description
Costume worn by Vivien Leigh as Paola inDuel of Angels, consisting of:
Dress of carmine wool and silk evoking a crinoline. The fitted bodice has full length sleeves, a small stand-up collar, the neckline flaring out over the bust and finishing in a point on the midriff. The collar and neckline are trimmed with a broad and a narrow band of black velvet. Full length skirt with inverted pleats. Around the waist is a band of black velvet.
Pill box hat of black velvet with black nylon chiffon veil attached at the back
Dimensions
  • Bust circumference: 88cm (Approx.)
  • Waist skirt circumference: 65cm (Maximum)
  • Waist bodice circumference: 65cm (Maximum)
  • Cross back width: 34cm (Maximum)
  • Bodice nape to waist length: 37cm (Approx.)
  • Sleeve length: 55cm (Maximum)
Measured by conservation
Gallery label
Costume worn by Vivien Leigh as Paola in Jean Giraudoux's play Duel of Angels designed by Christian Dior. Apollo Theatre, London, 1958.
Credit line
Given by the British Theatre Museum Association
Object history
Given to the British Theatre Museum Association by Miss Doris Langley Moore in April 1965.
Association
Summary
Christian Dior designed the costumes for the Paris production of Jean Giraudoux's play Pour Lucrèce, which was subsequently produced at the Apollo Theatre, London, in 1958 as Duel of Angels in a translation by Christopher Fry. The costumes were recreated by the costumiers Bermans after Dior's sketches.
Associated objects
Other number
1965/A/33/A - BTMA accession number
Collection
Accession number
S.84&A-1978

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Record createdJune 23, 1999
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