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Shakespeare Connected - Costuming Shakespeare: Elizabethan Dress through the Centuries

Alonso in The Tempest - Ann Curtis, 1970

Ann Curtis began designing for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960. Like Motley, Curtis’ approach to design was inspired primarily by historical styles of dress. Curtis focused on giving her actors a silhouette that would suit a particular historical period. This intricate design for Alonso in The Tempest (1970) includes a late-Elizabethan-styled hat, ruff, coat, gloves, and shoes to create a rich historical aesthetic.


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