Costume design by Lez Brotherston for Regina Giddens in Lillian Hellman's play, The Little Foxes, Donmar Warehouse, 2001. Regina was played by Penelope Wilton.
Height: 30.5 cm, Width: 40.5 cm
The design is for the character of Regina Giddens, in Lillian Hellman's play The Little Foxes, produced at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Marianne Elliott, 2001. Regina was played by Penelope Wilton.
Full length female figure wearing a costume from the late 19th century. Dark blue evening gown, with a deep red bodice. The costume has a square cut neck with surrounding frill. The character is wearing a pair of matching dark blue long evening gloves. Next to the costume design is a photographic reference of a costume taken from a book and next to this is a black and white reference image showing the head of a woman with a late 19th century hairstyle. The design is edged by a line of thick black felt tip pen forming a rectangular frame and is drawn on a page torn from a spiral bound sketch book.
Lez Brotherston is one of Britain's most interesting and prolific designers. He was born in Liverpool and trained at Central School of Art and Design, graduating in 1984. He worked extensively for Christopher Gable at Northern Ballet Theatre, where he designed such works as Carmen, The Brontes and A Christmas Carol, and has designed stage shows for French and Saunders and Victoria Wood. Lez is especially linked with Matthew Bourne's dance company New Adventures (formerly Adventures in Motion Pictures) for which he designed Highland Fling, Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man and Cinderella. Lez's costume designs for The Little Foxes display his characteristic figures; often looking to the left, they strike a strong and distinct pose.
The Donmar Warehouse production of The Little Foxes was directed by Marianne Elliot and starred Penelope Wilton as Regina Giddens and David Calder as Benjamin Hubbard. The play is set in an unnamed Southern state in the United States of America at the turn of the 19th century and deals with the vicious and money obsessed Hubbard family. Lillian Hellman's play attempts to dissect the evils of capitalism and the play premiered in New York in 1939 starring Tallulah Bankhead and was subsequently filmed in 1941 starring Bette Davis.