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Costume designs for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (Credit: Katrina Lindsay)

Costume designs for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (Credit: Katrina Lindsay)

Olivier Award-nominated Costume Designs

First Published 3 April 2017, Last Updated 6 April 2017

Behind every great character lies a grand costume – and London theatre’s costume designers year after year prove their sartorial prowess in rising to the challenge.

Lending their dab hands and sharp imaginations to the sheer variety that productions have demanded – in this year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard Best Costume Design category alone, nominees have transported audiences to the sparkle of the 60s and 70s soul revolution, invited them to a glittering regal Midnight Ball, wrapped them up warm in winter-crested Pennsylvania, and immersed them in the magical majesty of Hogwarts – costume designers’ imaginations have truly known no bounds.

To celebrate, some of the incredible original costume designs have been shared with us by this year’s nominees, granting us an intriguing glimpse of the vision behind the threads. Who’ll take home the award? Gregg Barnes (Dreamgirls), Hugh Durrant (Cinderella), Rob Howell (Groundhog Day) and Katrina Lindsay (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child), along with the rest of us, will find out at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April.

Gregg Barnes, Dreamgirls

Credit: Original sketches by Gregg Barnes

Costume designs for Dreamgirls (Credit: Original sketches by Gregg Barnes)

 The Dreams

Costume designs for Dreamgirls (Credit: Original sketches by Gregg Barnes)

Deena

Costume designs for Dreamgirls (Credit: Original sketches by Gregg Barnes)

Jimmy

Costume designs for Dreamgirls (Credit: Original sketches by Gregg Barnes)

Step Sisters

Costume designs for Dreamgirls (Credit: Original sketches by Gregg Barnes)

Ensemble

Hugh Durrant, Cinderella

Credit: Hugh Durrant / Qdos Entertainment

Costume designs for Cinderella (Credit: Hugh Durrant/Qdos Entertainment)

Julian Clary #1: Uniform

Costume designs for Cinderella (Credit: Hugh Durrant/Qdos Entertainment)

 Julian Clary #2 – In The Palace

Costume designs for Cinderella (Credit: Hugh Durrant/Qdos Entertainment)

Julian Clary: Delivering Invitations

Costume designs for Cinderella (Credit: Hugh Durrant/Qdos Entertainment)

Julian Clary: For Trying On Slipper

Costume designs for Cinderella (Credit: Hugh Durrant/Qdos Entertainment)

Paul O’Grady: Mrs Danvers

Rob Howell, Groundhog Day

Credit: Production photos by Manuel Harlan 

Andy Karl (Phil Connors) in Groundhog Day (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

LOA 2017 - Best New Musical - Groundhog Day

LOA 2017 - Best Supporting Actor Musical - Andrew Langtree

Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Credit: Costume Designer Katrina Lindsay

Costume designs for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (Credit: Katrina Lindsay)

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