In Love with Shakespeare

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

Oliver wearing hat by Monique Lee, coat by Burberry, brooch and suit by Daks, tie by The Royal Shakespeare Company, ring by Lalique, shoes by Manolo Blahnik

Oliver wearing hat by Monique Lee, coat by Burberry, brooch and suit by Daks, tie by The Royal Shakespeare Company, ring by Lalique, shoes by Manolo Blahnik

"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.

 

For more information please visit www.rsc.org.uk and www.rsc.org.uk/costume-hire

Special thanks to Froo Gager, Costume Store Manager, and the press team at The Royal Shakespeare Company, who made this collaboration possible.

 

Dovydas wearing leather armour by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Dovydas wearing leather armour by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Hat, shirt and jacket by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Hat, shirt and jacket by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Hat Philip Treacy, jacket vintage remade by Jenny Schwarz, shirt by Dsquared, trousers by Child of the Jago, silver bracelets and ring by Phyrra, green crystal ring by Lalique

Hat Philip Treacy, jacket vintage remade by Jenny Schwarz, shirt by Dsquared, trousers by Child of the Jago, silver bracelets and ring by Phyrra, green crystal ring by Lalique

Pearl earring by Bentley & Skinner, all clothes by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Pearl earring by Bentley & Skinner, all clothes by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Tudor leather top and ruff by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Tudor leather top and ruff by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Shirt and jacket by The Royal Shakespeare Company, feather sequin cape by AJSK

Shirt and jacket by The Royal Shakespeare Company, feather sequin cape by AJSK

Jacket by Antonio Marras, shirt and trousers by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Jacket by Antonio Marras, shirt and trousers by The Royal Shakespeare Company

Coat by Dolce & Gabbana, armour piece by Jenny Schwarz

Coat by Dolce & Gabbana, armour piece by Jenny Schwarz