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I am a costume maker specialising in womenswear and occasion wear with a strong interest in surface embellishment. I enjoy the challenges of experimenting with a combination of traditional and modern techniques to create costume. I have experience working within wardrobe departments in West End and in community theatre. In addition to costume making, I have a particular interest in bridalwear and starting my own business in the future.
Queen Elizabeth II
Evening Gown 1962
I choose to recreate this 1960’s evening gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II in my first term of my third year. It allowed me to focus on surface embellishment, which is an area that I have a strong interest in. From this project I have learnt a lot about accuracy and placement of embellishment. I experimented throughout the project to create my final design for the surface decoration, which consists of hand cut lace and hand sewn beading. I also experimented with creating a pattern by draping on the stand, which was a successful way of working for me.
Along with developing costume making and embellishment techniques, I built upon my existing fitting room etiquette, time management and budgeting skills.
Photo credits – Barry MacDonald
Red Carpet Oscars 2016
I choose to recreate this Lady Gaga jumpsuit and skirt for my final third year project. It allowed me to develop new making skills to prepare me for future work in the industry. From this project I learnt a lot about sculpting and manipulating fabric and challenges of working with light colour materials. I used a variety of construction techniques throughout the project, widely used within costume and the bridal industry.
As well as costume making skills, I further developed my time management, communication and budgeting skills
Photo credits – Jack Finn Taylor