Alix Stone Design Collection

Overview

Alix Stone (1913 - 2010) graduated from the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1935. Her apprenticeship in stage design included working as an assistant to some of theatre’s leading designers - Motley, Michael Ayrton, Rex Whistler, John Piper, Tanya Moiseiwitsch and Leslie Hurry.

She went on to produce her own designs for the major British opera companies including Sadler's Wells Opera/English National Opera, and for many theatres companies, notably for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic.

In 1963 a film was made by the BBC of a production of The Beggar’s Opera, with costume and set designs by Alix Stone. This was televised in the same year.

What the collection holds

The Alix Stone Collection includes costume and set designs, from her designs for Tobias and the Angel at the Bristol Old Vic in 1947 through to more recent work in the 1980s.

The online catalogue for this collection can be viewed here: 
AXS - Alix Stone Design Collection

Further information

The V&A Theatre Collection holds 400+ Alix Stone designs 1950s - 1980s.

Costume design for Tom Courtenay as Feste, Twelfth Night, Old Vic Company 1961
Alix Stone Costume design for Tom Courtenay as Feste, Twelfth Night, Old Vic Company, 1961 (with attached fabric swatches) Ref: AXS/8/7 Image credit: University of Bristol Theatre Collection
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