Set and costume designs for The House of Flowers (Alvin, 1954)

Scope and Content

This series includes set designs and set model pieces, sketches of costumes and final designs, colour palettes and costume and set notes

Administrative / Biographical History

The House of Flowers, a musical in two acts by Truman Capote set in a West Indies bordello. Oliver Messel's production was first performed at the Alvin Theatre, New York on 30 December, 1954 and directed by Peter Brook. It was choreographed by Herbert Ross with music by Harold Arlen and featured Diahann Carroll as Ottilie and Pearl Bailey as Madame Fleur. Messel won an Antoinette Perry 'Tony' award in 1956 for his set designs.