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Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Oliver Messel (d. 1978) was Britain's most celebrated theatrical designer, the creator of lavish costumes and sets for ballet and stage productions in the country's most prestigious venues. In 1953, he was commissioned to design the decoration for a suite at London's Dorchester Hotel. The lavishly ornate Oliver Messel Suite combines baroque and rococo styles with modernist sensibility. It was restored in the 1980s by many of the original craftsmen, overseen by Messel's nephew, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon. The suite, along with other suites that he designed in the Dorchester, are preserved as part of Britain's national heritage.