“Hannah’s professionalism, skill and can do attitude really makes her shine.” Rebecca Knowles, 2017
“We found Hannah to be helpful, enthusiastic, keen to learn, open to suggestions and seemed keen to gain new skills.” Jo Milburn, 2016
I am an innovative costumier always striving to create a powerful impact with my work. From this degree and my experiences such as working with the Welsh National Opera and Birmingham Royal Ballet, I have gained many skills in costume construction. I have also been focusing my work around how I can use the advances in technology, such as 3D printing, into my costumes. I have a real passion for theatrical costume making using both modern and traditional techniques. I am an accurate machinist and creative maker who takes pride in the high quality finish of my garments.
The brief for this project was to replicate a Victorian riding habit, made to measure, using traditional techniques such as cutting on the stand. I purposely chose a military jacket with a faux waistcoat and gold braiding detail to challenge my technical ability.
To begin this project we read the book ‘Orlando’ by Virginia Woolf. A constant theme throughout is Orlando’s connection to the natural world around him especially the Oak Tree. I designed a sculptural dress inspired from the quotes
‘Burning with his own radiance, from a lamp lit within.’, ‘A million candles burnt in him.’ And ‘Ties his heart to an oak tree.’ The Dress was lined with strip LED lights around the steel crinoline and LED fairy light decoration traveling around the architectural structure
PAS DE DEUX
For Final Major Project I collaborated with Rebecca Knowles (Photographer) and Thomas Plant (3D printer), to create these made to measure tutus for Dancer Megan Amphlett. These two bespoke ballet costumes are inspired by the poem ‘The Goblin Market’ and designed from the concept of Purity vs Temptation. In the poem one sister stays pure whereas the other sister is tempted and drawn into the evils of the goblins and their forbidden fruit. The Costumes were made from the same base but developed to contrast each other, reflecting the story of the two sisters. I have been experimenting into the advances in technology and how they can be incorporated into my work. For this project I combined traditional making techniques such as cutting on the stand and classical tutu construction with technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing.
"The final pieces, they fit like a glove! The outfit was comfortable, looked stunning and above expectation."
Shelly D'Inferno, 2017
I collaborated with two different clients for my Final Major Project, within the Design for Performance Pathway. I have a keen interest in alternative costume, which can be seen particularly with my first collaboration, but my second one contrasts this and shows my capability of other styles. I collaborated with Shelly D'Inferno, for my first project, on a costume suitable for a fire performance. Taking inspiration from goddesses and warriors with the added elements she specified to include, I created a body of work and a costume made up of seven pieces for her. Loki Films created a video of Shelly performing in the costume with fire and it was captured in picture form by Slothworks Photography. The costume features laser cut filigree, rhinestones, the silver is entirely hand painted and a head piece, created to hold her fire sticks.
For the second collaboration of my FMP, I worked with Scarlett Ward Poetry. The project was formed by producing conceptual research from a series of Scarlett's poems, guided by herself and her own inspirations. The final costume shows transition through the poems, as the items within it are layered on top of another. This formed the concept of the short film as our final piece together. We created a film with Richard Wakefield, combining props and a natural setting, capturing the costume in motion. Scarlett's poetry is then laid over the top of the video, to tell the story. Key features of this costume include laser cut mosaic patterns, the use of lacing, a plum colour palette and shells sewn around the neckline, these all relate to quotes from her poetry.
"If the sight of my ankles means death to an honest fellow, I must in all humanity keep them covered"
Quote from Orlando, Virginia Woolf
Kelly is a 22 year old designer from Lincoln with a passion for fantasy bridal and costume design.
The Orlando Project was inspired by the book Orlando by Virginia Woolf. The project brief was to design a costume for a character in the book, designed using themes/ text/ imagery inspired by the book. The costume Kelly created was for the character Sasha; a Russian Princess in the book who toyed with the main character Orlando and ultimately broke his heart.
The costume itself was inspired by the frost fairs featured within the book, when the Thames froze over and became a carnival on ice for the city of London. The piece was also inspired by the symbollisim in the changes throughout the book, and the Baroque interiors heavily depicted in the book.
Kelly completed an industry year with Benjamin Robert's Bridal where she fulfilled many roles within the company including; alterations and QC seamstress, marketing assistant- helping with photoshoot styling and dressing as well as the launch of a new website, customer service, accounts assistant- helping to process orders and chase payments, and finally a sales representative for three Bridal trade shows.
Kelly has six years of retail experience, during which time she has become a Top level sales assistant, and experienced roles as a Supervisor, Visual merchandiser, and admin assistant.
"Ally created something unique and extraordinary, a punk rock gown fit for a queen."
Lilith, Birmingham Drag Queen, 2017
For her final major project, Alexandra collaborated with two local drag queens to design outfits for them to wear to a local club night in March 2017. As a long-time fan of the drag scene, Alexandra has always appreciated the art form that is drag, so for her final project she contacted Birmingham queens; Lacey Lou and Lilith to create looks for the Glitter Shit night at Nightingales Club.
As well as her work at university, Alexandra has over a year’s professional experience in working in many aspects of Professional Costume and Theatre (Including quick change dressing and Wardrobe Assisting) Because of this work, Alexandra had the chance to work on the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s tour of Romeo and Juliet for two weeks as well as working as a dresser on shows such as Shrek the Musical, Phantom of the Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Tempest and Alvin Aliey