Costume Construction students hold exhibition
BA (Hons) Costume Construction students at University Centre South Essex held an end of year exhibition to showcase their work.
The group transformed The Barn at High House Production Park, Purfleet, into a walk through exhibition to display their vibrant, intricate and varied creations.
Students were set three briefs in their final year for which they had to design and make garments. The first was a personal project where students were able to produce a costume of their choice. This led to a whole array of costumes being created.
The second was ‘costume in art’ where students had to select a piece of art and either reproduce a character or create a costume inspired by the piece of art.
The third and final brief was the ‘Royal Opera House Prize.’ This brief, set and judged by the Royal Opera House costume team, challenged students to select a character from either Romeo and Juliet, or The Magic Flute. They then had to make a costume, bringing their own flair and interpretation to it.
These works will also be on display at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 28 June – 10 July.
Lecturer Emma Bowers said the students had excelled themselves to produce this ‘stunning’ collection.
She said: “This year group have probably been most affected by Covid and yet have produced work of exceptional standard.
“The showcase was a well-deserved opportunity for the students to showcase their work and talents.
“They are a fantastic, supportive and enthusiastic group whom have been a pleasure to teach, we really will miss them and wish them all the best for their future costume journeys.”
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