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UB Yesterday: 1964

The Master Dresser

Esther Kling fitting actors in costumes

Designer Esther Kling fits actress for a staging of “The Master Builder” by Henrik Ibsen.

The much-beloved professor and costume designer Esther Kling (in red), who died in 1987 at the age of 50, fits faculty and student actors for a staging of “The Master Builder” by Henrik Ibsen. According to the accompanying article in “The Buffalonian,” the Student Dramatic Society and the Department of Drama and Speech—as it was then called—overcame “inadequate facilities” in “old” Baird Hall (now Allen Hall on the South Campus) and “successfully presented this campus with very high professional quality of drama this year.”