Photography by Ram Shergill
Fashion Direction by Margherita Gardella
Styling by Claudia Behnke
Set Design by Daen Palma Huse using Daler Rowney
Hair (on Oliver Smiles) by Stephen Lowe at ELSL Management
Grooming (on Oliver Smiles) by Debbie Finnegan at ELSL Management
Models Dovydas Kreivys / Oliver Smiles
Text extract from The Protagonist Magazine Issue 2 written by Miles Twist
"It‘s a wet and drizzly day, yet here at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, I’m surrounded by bright and vivacious costumes. If you were to ask anyone in the UK where the best stage performances are, they would probably say either London or Stratford-upon-Avon, the latter being the birthplace of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. The Company can trace its roots back to a brewer named Charles Flower, who set up the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1879. This beginning might sound rather insignificant and “rube-esque”, however it is a testament to the skills of those in the Company that it is now regarded as one of the most renowned, accomplished and admired theatre companies in the world. The Royal Shakespeare Company has been home to an array of revered British actors, such as Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Maggie Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch,to name but a few.
Diverse, sparkling and superbly executed performances of Shakespeare are put on every year, for example King Lear in late 2016, directed by Gregory Doran and starring Antony Sher. The key to their success, according to Head of Costume, Alistair McArthur, is the combination of “a high calibre of production, being based in Stratford, and a collaboration of skills.” Collaboration and community are the key adjectives one might ascribe to the company whilst walking around the RSC, particularly to the costume workshop department. It is comprised of four sections: men’s, women’s, jewels and hats, props and armour, all of which come together to create costume masterpieces for the stage."
For this shoot, we explored the costumes of The Royal Shakespeare Company that range from Tudor costumes to Victorian wardrobe to fantasy. In our latest print issue you can read an insightful article about the background behind the production and keeping of the costumes and the people that are involved with it in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as delve into the world of clothing with many more images.
Special thanks to Froo Gager, Costume Store Manager, and the press team at The Royal Shakespeare Company, who made this collaboration possible.