Costume designer Jeanne Button passed away May 8 at age 86 from lung cancer, the New York Times reports. Ms. Button designed the costumes for the original Broadway production of The Robber Bridegroom, among numerous other Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional shows.
Ms. Button first worked on Broadway in 1969 as the costume designer for The Watering Place. Through 1993 she designed the costumes for the following Broadway productions: King Henry V (1969), The Robber Bridegroom (1975 and 1976), Wings (1979), Richard III (1979), Home (1980), The Dresser (1981), Arsenic and Old Lace (1986), Broadway (1987), and The Twilight of the Golds (1993).
Off-Broadway, she designed the costumes for the Village Gate’s MacBird! (1967), for which she was awarded a Henry Hewes Design Award, the Orpheum Theatre’s The Niggerlovers (1967), The Public Theater’s Twelfth Night or What You Will (1989) and Macbeth (1989), and The Crucible at Union Square Theatre, among many others. Regional credits included The Alley’s A Flea in Her Ear (2001), Hay Fever (2000), and Hedda Gabler (1999).
Throughout her long career, she also designed costumes for opera, film, television, and dance, and was a teacher at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Yale University Drama School.
In 1975 Ms. Button published History of costume: In slides, notes and commentaries, which traced the history of clothing through sketches, notes, and photographs.
See Ms. Button’s Playbill Vault profile here.