Costume designs for Gigi (Uris Theatre, New York, 1973)

Scope and Content

This series includes costume designs and colour palettes

Administrative / Biographical History

Gigi, a musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, adapted from a Colette novel of the same name (published 1944). Oliver Messel's production was first presented by Arnold Saint-Subber and Edwin Lester at the Uris Theatre, New York on 13 November 1973. It was directed by Joseph Hardy and featured Danile Massey as Gaston Lachailles and Karin Wolfe as Gigi. It was also performed in 1973 at San Fran Search the Collections co, St. Louis, Detroit and Toronto. Roger Pinkham has said "The costumes are very much in the idiom of the turn of the century and are endlessly inventive bringing back much of the tenderness found in Renior and Bonnard." (Pinkham, ed., 1983). Gigi was Messel's last commission for the theatre.