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A Tonic to the Imagination: Costume Designs for Stage and Screen by B. J. Simmons & Co., 1889-1959
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Noted Designers
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, house designers were seldom mentioned in theater programs as contributing artists. In most instances they did not sign their sketches or renderings as is common today and as a result, the names of specific designers have often been lost. However, the work of some of Simmons' most prominent house designers appears frequently in the firm's archives, especially a designer known as "Sers," as well as copyists such as C. H. Price who may have had a connection to more than one London costumier. In the last twenty years of operation, Simmons began working with recognized artists such as Cecil Beaton, Roger Furse, Tanya Moiseiwitsch, and Doris Zinkeisen.

The Circle of Chalk

New Theatre, 1929
Costumes designed by Aubrey Hammond

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Hullo, Tango!

London Hippodrome, 1914
Costumes designed by Léon Bakst

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The King and I

Drury Lane, 1953
Costumes designed by Irene Sharaff

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Quadrille

Phoenix Theatre, 1952
Costumes designed by Cecil Beaton

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Quadrille

Coronet Theatre, New York, 1954
Costumes designed by Cecil Beaton

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The Sign of the Seven Dials

Cambridge Theatre, 1931
Costumes designed by Gordon Conway

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