Robert Fletcher (costume designer)

Robert Fletcher (born August 23, 1922) is an American costume and set designer. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[1] He is best known designing costumes for major ballet and opera companies in addition to films, television specials, and New York stageplay.[2] As of 2018, Fletcher was living in Kansas City with his husband, dancer Jack Kauflin.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Fletcher was born in 1922 in Ceder Rapids, Iowa. His father was actor Leon Ames.


After the semester in Iowa, Fletcher moved to New York City and worked as an actor, appearing in Ethel Barrymore's last show, Embezzled Heaven. He lived in a cold-water flat with artist Ruth Russel. They had an active social life Fletcher described as "an almost constant state of party,” entertaining figures including novelists Gore Vidal and Anais Nin, dramatist Tennessee Williams, and musician Lead Belly.[4] In 1960, Robert Fletcher designed costumes for "The Tempest" in Stratford, Connecticut starring Katharine Hepburn at the American Shakespeare Theatre.[5]

His work in New York extended into television; the in the 1950s he was NBC's "general designer". In 1989, Fletcher moved to Taos, New Mexico, intending to retire, but ended up staying active doing design for Bollywood movies and other projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including taking on commissions from one of his former assistants to do design work for HBO's Rome and the Game of Thrones television series. Fletcher's design archives have been donated to Harvard.

Fletcher had a long association with the science fiction franchise Star Trek. He served as costume designer for the first four Star Trek feature films[6]Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home.


In 2008, Fletcher received a Theatre Development Fund/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for his set design. He has also received three Tony Award nominations for his work.[7] Fletcher’s three Tony Award nominations were for Little Me in 1963, High Spirits in 1964 and Hadrian VII in 1969. He also received a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Costume Design for Othello in 1982.


  1. ^ "Robert Fletcher (I)". Retrieved 2011-03-09. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Roddenberry, Gene; Susan Sackett (1980). The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. New York: Pocket Books. pp. 123–125. ISBN 0-671-25181-3.
  3. ^ Robert Fletcher: A Star Among Stars, Now Living in KC
  4. ^ Kirsch, Elisabeth (March 2, 2018). "Robert Fletcher Star Among Stars Now Living In KC". KC Studio. Retrieved Oct 27, 2019.
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  6. ^ Corrigan, Patricia (1995-12-14). "Updating a Classic; Local 'Nutcracker' is getting new Costumes, Choreography". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 02A.
  7. ^ "John Conklin And Robert Fletcher Take Home 2008 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards". Live Design Online. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2009-02-28.

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