Monday, 5 April 2010
The House Legacy Part II
Oliver Messel was one of the most noted set and costume designers in the UK in the 20th century as well as being the maternal grandchild of Marion Sambourne and Edward Linley of 18 Stafford Terrace. He was educated at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College and proceeded to design the masks of a ballet production by Serge Diaghilev. During the 30's, 40's and 50's, he enchanted the British audiences by his 'fantastic and romantic' sets and costumes, until in his mid-50's when he went on a holiday to the Caribbean and discovered a love for 'designing, building and transforming homes.' He passed away there at the age of 74 in 1978. Some examples of his set and costume designs.
Oliver Messel working on Gloriana costume V&A images
Oliver Messel with his sister Anne, Countess of Rosse (Lord Snowdon's mother)
1932, Brighton Museum.
Margot Fonteyn's Sleeping Beauty costume by Oliver Messel
for the opening of Covent Garden after the war
photograph: Sarah Lee (Guardian)
Le Nozze de Figaro by Mozart
Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1958
Set and Costume Design by Oliver Messel
Vivian Leigh (Scarlet in Gone With the Wind) in Cesar and Cleopatra 1945
costume design by Oliver Messel