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I’m currently working on Rose Bruford College’s production of ‘Scenes from an Execution’ at the Unicorn theatre in March. I’m really excited about this production, so please come along and support it! It should be a really interesting production.

Booking and information on the link below!

Image courtesy of Rose Bruford.


My latest project at Rose Bruford College was to create a nineteenth century period waistcoat. I wanted to create something that was
inspired by the nineteenth century line and cut but with a very modern feel.

I was greatly inspired in my design by the Martin Scorsese film ‘Gangs of New York’. I really liked the shape of the garments in this film because they were clearly a stylized version of nineteenth century design. I was inspired by the character ‘Bill the Butcher’ played by Daniel Day-Lewis. I found the idea of the universal gangster, the hooligan dandy, a really interesting concept. I wanted to portray this image of the threatening hidden by a thin veil of charming, yet I wanted to make this relate to the modern viewer and so I looked to more modern design to help also inspire me.

My plan was to look at gangsters from early Hollywood films to draw on a more modern tradition. I really wanted to use a pinstriped fabric, because although this is a more modern fabric than we would find being used in the 1860’s for waistcoats, it is very typical of the Hollywood movie gangster and it strikes an incredibly strong idea in our minds when we see it.

For the back of my waistcoat I wanted to create a contrasting repeating pattern, in a floral style to look like it was grown onto the waistcoat back. I designed this pattern myself, and created it using fabric paints and embroidery.

I wanted my waistcoat to have a kind of gambling theme and so incorporated in the repeating pattern for the back of the waistcoat are spade and heart images. As well as this I wanted to use the image of the king of hearts on one of my lapels. As the waistcoat was to be double breasted the lapels would be a big feature and I wanted one to be particularly bold. I painted the image of the king of hearts onto the white fabric for this lapel by hand and I think it looks really effective.

I just received my results from the first year of my studying at Rose Bruford College and I got a First.

I am very proud of my work over the last year and I can only hope that with my continued hard work I can manage to maintain this grade throughout my course!

To celebrate I thought I’d take the opportunity to post a picture of myself at our Summer ball wearing my Grandmother’s vintage dress and looking pleased, with my friend and fellow costumier Elizabeth Donker Curtius (left in the picture).

The first project I completed as a part of my studies at Rose Bruford College, apart from learning basic skills and pattern cutting which were started at the beginning of the year and continued throughout the year, was the creation of a half scale Kimono. This kimono was a fashion kimono and intended to be created using the basic skills we had just learned.

First we had to flat draft a pattern for the kimono and then cut our chosen fabrics accordingly. The construction of the kimono came next, the biggest challenge I found was that because everything was being created in half scale the accuracy was even more important as the detail could be more easily critiqued. I chose a varied colour scheme which made the cutting process more interesting as I had to know what I was cutting on of and the pieces I would need more of.

I was really pleased with the finish of my kimono. I was proud of the way I handled my first project with relatively few problems.

In September 2010 I started my studies at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. I began my degree, (BA Hons) Costume Production, which I am currently studying and will graduate in 2013.

I have just finished my first year of study which I have enjoyed thoroughly. This last year I have learned a vast amount and I feel like my skills in the production side of costuming have already vastly improved. I am already looking forward to the next two years and cannot wait to learn more.