This costume was designed by Director Peter Brook for his 1955 production of Titus Andronicus. The dress was worn by Vivien Leigh, playing the character of Lavinia. It is a full-length, fitted bronze dress with shoulder straps and a low-cut bodice. The dress is pleated from neckline to hem with gold braid around the waist and under the bust leading up to a heart shaped brooch in the centre front. The dress was worn underneath a robe and shawl.


  • Title: 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: © RSC

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