This costume was designed by Director Peter Brook for his 1955 production of Titus Andronicus. The dress was worn by Actor Vivien Leigh as the character Lavinia. It is a full-length sleeveless, white, Roman-style dress. Dress has a low neckline and narrow shoulder straps, each decorated with a gold disc. A triangle of fabric and a long train are attached to each shoulder. The skirt of the dress is quite full, with attached white petticoat. The two trains of fabric have a glove attached for the actor's hands. Dress has a belt of gold rope which is tied at the back.


  • Title: Detail of dress worn by Vivien Leigh
  • Creator: Peter Brook (with Desmond Heely) © RSC
  • Creator Birth Date: 1925
  • Fashion House: Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Manufacturer: Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Date Created: 1955
  • Location Created: Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, England
  • Physical Dimensions: 140cm x 62cm
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: Photo by Gina Print © RSC
  • Medium: Synthetic fabric

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