In 2018, I wrote an academic working paper entitled: Costumes in Romeo and Juliet (1968) and Fifteenth Century Realism.  Using images from fifteenth century frescoes and paintings, it shows the key inspirations for Danilo Donati’s costume creations for Zeffirelli’s movie.  I have produced below a flip book based on the original paper.  (It can be enlarged or decreased in size by clicking on the “X” in the bottom right corner).


An exhibition of twenty-five costumes and other items from the 1968 movie, entitled “Romeo and Juliet An Oscar-Winning Love”, was staged by the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation (curated by Alessandro Schiavetti) from the 7th December 2013 to the 2nd February 2014 in Cecina, Italy.

All the costumes on show were lent by the Cerratelli Foundation, whose honorary president was, until his recent death, Franco Zeffirelli. The foundation possesses an invaluable stock of over 25,000 theatrical and film costumes, now kept at Villa Roncioni in San Giuliano Terme (Pisa).

Below is a wonderful video record of the items in the exhibition, with close-ups showing the richly-textured materials, decorations and details of stitching used in these Oscar award-winning costumes.


A catalogue from the exhibition, with lavish full-page photographs of the costumes, was published as a souvenir of the event, and is reproduced below:

Below is a rare collection of the working drawings created by Danilo Donati for the 1968 movie

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Danilo Donati’s preliminary sketches for the male costumes in “Romeo and Juliet”
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Donati’s sketches of the costumes for Romeo and for Lord Montague


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Drawing of costumes for Scene 18 (the Ball at the Capulets’ house) signed by Zeffirelli in 1967


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Natasha Parry (Lady Capulet) and Roy Holder (Peter) model Danilo Donati’s costume creations in “Romeo and Juliet”