White dress worn by Vivien Leigh

Desmond Heeley1955

Royal Shakespeare Company

Royal Shakespeare Company

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.

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  • Title: White dress worn by Vivien Leigh
  • Creator: Peter Brook (with Desmond Heeley) © 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