Mercutio Costume Sketch, ROMEO AND JULIET by Jeanne Button

Jeanne Button; costume design for Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” at The Acting Company, date unknown; swatches of fabric attached, pencil notes in the margin; signed by Button lower right, with United Scenic Artists stamp; approx 11" x 14 ½"; on brown paper; a few wrinkles, pin holes, some wrinkling, etc. VERY RARE.

Jeanne Button was a renowned costume designer both on broadway (at least12 shows), off-broadway/regional (countless), opera and film. Ms. Button also compiled the monumental multivolume “A History of Costume in Slides, Notes, and Commentaries,” a 450-page text accompanied by sketches and 1,500 color photographs by her former husband, Stephen Sbarge. Completed in the early 1990s, it traced the evolution of men’s and women’s clothing over 5,000 years, since ancient Egypt.

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