April 16, 2007

I Love Lucy Designer's Sketches Viewed Online

Edward Stevenson, costume designer for Desilu Productions now has his sketches online thanks to to Idaho State University's (ISU) Eli M. Oboler Library and the impetus of Connie Smith Bowen, wife of former ISU President Richard Bowen.

The Stevenson Collection includes a vast array of several hundred sketches and renderings of costumes from his early days as an apprentice to his final years. Also included are sketches by other designers, and numerous scrapbooks and photographs of both his family and his Hollywood associations. The collection was a gift to ISU from Stevenson’s family with additional drawings donated by Ball.The sketches, many in color and some including fabric swatches, have been digitized by a joint effort between the Special Collections Department and the Theatre/Dance Department. Each sketch was scanned and described in detail with the assistance of Trent Clegg, a theatre department graduate assistant now completing his thesis on Stevenson. To view the sketches, visit www.isu.edu/library/special/mc111.htm.

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