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MS Thr 1355

Walker, David, 1934-2008. David Walker costume designs, 1961-1987: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: pfd
Call No.: MS Thr 1355
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Walker, David, 1934-2008.
Title: David Walker costume designs,
Date(s): 1961-1987.
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (10 drawings in 10 folders)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English .
Abstract: Costume designs for ballet, opera and drama by the British theater designer David Walker.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2001-2002.31.1-2. Purchased with Walter Terry Memorial Funds; received: 2001August.
No accession number. Purchased with the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest; received: 2002 March 8.
2004MT-38. Purchased with Walter Terry Memorial Fund and Billy Rose Theatre Fund; received: 2004 September.
2009MT-13. Purchased with Mary P. and Donald M. Oenslager Theatre Collection Fund; received: 2009 September 9.

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Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

David Walker Costume Designs, 1961-1987 (MS Thr 1355). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

David Walker was a celebrated British costume designer primarily for ballet, but also for opera and theater. After his Royal Court Theatre debut in 1961 in the Jacobean tragedy The Changeling, he went on to work for many of the major dance, opera and theater companies in Britain and in the United States. Walker's designs were particularly famous for accuracy of historical details and picturesque, but delicate romanticism.


Arranged alphabetically by the title of production.

Scope and Contents

Costume design for the 1961 Royal Court Theatre production of The Changeling, costume designs for the 1965 Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford production of Lionel and Clarissa, costume designs for the London Festival Ballet 1986 production of The Nutcracker, costume designs for the 1984 production of Romeo and Juliet for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada in Ontario, costume designs for the 1987 San Francisco Opera production of La Traviata, and costume designs for the 1986 and 1995 English National Ballet productions of the ballet Cinderella.

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