Theoni V. Aldredge
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Theoni V. Aldredge is considered one of America's most gifted costume designers. To date, her stage credits have included "I Can get It For You Wholesale," "Mr. President," "Anyone can Whistle," "A Chorus Line," "Annie," "42nd Street," "Dreamgirls," "Chess," and "The Secret Garden." When designing costumes for a period piece, it is not unusual for Aldredge to alter original fashions to make her designs more palatable for modern audiences. To determine how Aldredge achieves this goal, this paper provides a background and overview of the designer, followed by relevant biographical information. A discussion concerning Aldredge's alteration of original fashions for contemporary audiences is followed by a summary of the research in the conclusion.
From the Paper:Theoni V. Aldredge was born Theoni Athanasiou Vachilioti in Salonika, Greece on August 22, 1932 (Brennan 2004). Aldredge was educated at the American School in Athens and then at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. In fact, when it comes to incorporating color into her designs, Aldredge reports that she has a passion for pale lavender: "I use it in every show, often with pale blue and white. These are the colors of my country" (Lampert-Greaux 2002:38). She has designed extensively for stage and film as can be seen from a sampling of her productions at Appendix A. Aldredge's first professional designs were created over a half century ago for the Goodman Theatre in 1950 (Owen 1987). In 1957, Aldredge moved to New York City where she established a long association with Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival. Since that time, in New York alone, she had designed over 165 shows by 1987 (Owen 1987)."
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