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Christina Giannini Collection of Design Drawings

Identifier: MC-0026


The Christina Giannini Collection of Design Drawings consists of approximately 2300 design drawings and paintings, primarily of costume designs for ballet and other stage productions, and also including several set design drawings. Many items include multiple designs on a single page, and they often include attached fabric swatches indicating materials to be used in finished costumes. Also included in the collection are design notes, stage schematics, photographs, production posters and programs, and correspondence and paperwork regarding design projects.

The collection includes designs for performances by a wide variety of dance and stage companies from around the United States and the world, including the North Carolina School of the Arts Ballet, the Agnes de Mille Heritage Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas, Harlem Opera, Hartford Ballet, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Joffrey Ballet, the North Carolina Dance Theatre, the Roundabout Theatre Company, and others. Production titles represented include A Rose for Miss Emily, Carmina Burana, Cinderella, Coppelia, Firebird, Ghost Sonata, Guys and Dolls, Look Back in Anger, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pentimento, Porgy and Bess, Swan Lake, and The Importance of Being Earnest, among others.


  • Majority of material found within 1970-2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection has not been fully processed and requires advanced notice for access. For information about access to this collection, contact the Archives ( Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Archives collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information which is protected under federal or state privacy laws, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina School of the Arts assume no responsibility.


59.98 Linear Feet (4 document boxes, 33 oversize boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Christina Giannini in 2019.

Related Materials

Programs for many of the NCSA and North Carolina Dance Theatre performances represented can be found in the Program Collection (RG-0045).
Guide to the Christina Giannini Collection of Design Drawings
In Progress
Kait Dorsky
October 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the UNC School of the Arts Archives Repository

1533 South Main St.
Winston-Salem North Carolina 27104 United States