PREVIEW: Noel Coward: Art and Style, Guildhall Art Gallery

The exhibition will explore how Noel Coward and his circle influenced fashion and culture as well as his hugely successful career as a playwright, composer, director, actor, and singer.

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Noel Coward making his West End debut, this free exhibition will feature a number of original pieces from Sir Noël’s archive including unseen artefacts from his productions, his homes and personal wardrobe, original artworks by the playwright and his designers and costumes.

Highlights of the exhibition are set to include: original vintage dresses by couturiers Molyneux, Hartnell, and Stiebel in the style of costumes that were created for Coward productions, a reconstruction of the legendary Molyneux white satin dress worn by Gertrude Lawrence in Private Lives, paintings by Coward; and original set and costume design sketches and other artwork by Oliver Messel, Cecil Beaton, Doris Zinkeisen, Oliver Smith, Gladys Calthrop, Clemence Dane, William Nicholson, and Rex Whistler.

The exhibition has been created in partnership between the City of London Corporation, The Noël Coward Foundation, and The Noël Coward Archive Trust.

Talking about the exhibition, the curator Brad Rosenstein said: “Coward is especially celebrated for his verbal wit, but Art & Style will remind us that his original productions were also visual feasts for their audiences, a vital element of his theatrical world shaped by the extraordinary designers with whom he worked, and his own brilliance as a director.”

Given that the gallery is currently closed due to current restrictions, dates for the exhibition are currently yet to be reconfirmed. We will update this page with the dates as soon as they have been confirmed. To find out more about the exhibition click here.

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