Costume Design – William Ivey Long

kingscliff design history

William Ivey Long is an American costume designer born August 30, 1947, specialising in stage & film.  He was born in Seaboard, North Carolina where he completed high school & went on to study History at the ‘College of William & Mary’, receiving a BA & graduating in 1969.  Both his mother & father were theatre educators, with his father founding the Winthrop University theatre department. William spent much of his spare time in Manteo, North Carolina, working with his family on Paul Green’s outdoor drama, ‘The Lost Colony’.

He pursued a Ph.D. in Art History at the ‘University of North Carolina’ at Chapel Hill, where visiting professor Betty Smith suggested he apply to the design program at Yale University. He commenced Set Design studies at the ‘Yale School of Drama’, where he met fellow university students Sigourney Weaver, Wendy Wasserstein, Meryl Streep, Christopher Durang & Paul Rudnick. William…

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