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Cinderella tutus : working drawings and notes Costume design for Neapolitan Dancer Costume design for Dancers : Act 1 Costume design for Dancers : Act 1 Costume design for The Bride : Prologue Costume design for male dancers : vest details Costume design for Pages at the Ball : Act 2 Costume design for Attendants at the Ball : Act 3 Costume design for Servants : Act 1 Costume design for Picnic Servers : Act 1 Costume design for Gentleman Retainer : Bengt Costume design for unidentified female dancer Costume design for Female Dancers : Act 1 Costume design for the Black Swan Costume design for Odette Costume design for corps of Brides/Swans Costume design for Queen Mother Costume design for Von Rothbart Costume design for Jester : Act 1 Costume design for Spanish Dancers : Act 2 Costume design for Mazurka Costume design for a Page : Act 1 Costume design for Picnic Guests Costume design for Ladies in Waiting : Act 1 Costume design for Prince Seigfried : Act 1 Costume design for Flagbearers : Act 1 Costume design for Princesses : Act 2 Costume design for the Queen at the Ball : Act 2 Costume for the Prince at the Ball : Act 2 Costume design for Ladies at the Ball Costume design for Czardas Costume design for Dancing Master at the ball : Act 2 Sketch of headdress detail for Black Swan Costume design for Belville Production poster for The Rover Costume design for Goldberg Costume design for Meg : Act I-III Costume design for Meg : Act II Costume design for Albertine and Charlotte Costume design for Denise Costume design for Gabriele Costume design for Lucienne Costume design for Monique Costume design for Nicole Costume design for the Friar Costume design for the Priest Costume design for the Nun Costume design for the Carpenter Costume design for the Knight Costume design for the Squire
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  • 1967-2012 (Creation)
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    Doyle, Robert

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37 cm of textual records

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(1938-)

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Robert Doyle is a leading figure in set and costume design in Canada, whose work has been showcased in more than 500 theatre productions. He began his professional career as a dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. After undergoing knee surgery he transitioned into theatrical design, working at regional theatres such as Manitoba Theatre Centre and Halifax's Neptune Theatre, where he was the founding costume designer. He pursued his studies at Wimbledon School of Fine Art's Theatre Division. While in England he researched 18th-century civilian and military clothes, and later trained a staff to invent accurate copies for the character animation planned for the restoration of Fortress Louisburg in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

This ambitious project sparked Doyle's awareness of the need for costume design training in Canada, and he subsequently taught at Regina University and at Dalhousie University, where he founded the Costumes Studies Program. In 1999 he was appointed Art Director of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Pan American Games in Winnipeg. He has also designed costumes and sets for The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and Ballet Jörgen, and conducted costume workshops throughout North America. In 2006 Doyle taught the final year at Red Deer College's Costume Program. He subsequently wrote a series of books on costume-making, including Waisted Efforts: An Illustrated Guide to Corset Making, Laundry: The Whys and Hows of Cleaning Clothes, Art of the Tailor, and Costuming the Dance.

In 2007 Robert Doyle received the Order of Canada for his life's work and mentoring of members of the Canadian theatre community.

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This series contains records relating to Robert Doyle’s designs for various theatre productions. The files contain programs, set plans, and costume sketches.

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