Students work in collaboration with Eastbury Manor House to create stunning costumes that celebrate the history of this special building

Second year Costume Construction students at University Centre South Essex have been working in collaboration with Eastbury Manor House to create garments and accessories depicting the late 19th and early 20th century history of the site.

Students on the course have worked with Barking and Dagenham Council staff at the National Trust owned site. They have researched, designed and made each outfit during the extremely challenging circumstances of the last year during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The exhibition explores the people who lived and worked at Eastbury with their clothing creatively re-imagined by the students to reflect the lives and activities of its former inhabitants.

The exhibition will be available to view by the public once the site reopens later in the year.

Lou Cox, Course Leader for the Costume Construction programme said: “The attention to detail, research and highly skilled costumes produced by the BA (Hons) Costume Construction students at University Centre South Essex successfully realise each of the individuals portrayed and tells part of the story of the Eastbury Manor House history.

“The opportunity to work with the National Trust on this project has been integral to our students learning the importance of communication, collaboration, and time management, all skills essential in the industry. They have delivered over and above expectations and the love and care put into the production of the costumes and props is a testament to them.”

Lisa Rigg, Heritage Properties Manager at Eastbury Manor House said: “This project funded by Land of the Fanns – a National Lottery Heritage Funded programme – has been an amazing opportunity for us to develop some new interpretation that is more than just display boards. It’s also opened up a wonderful collaboration with a new institution, which give us a new model for working in a future with less funding. The students have also created beautiful work that our visitors will relish once we open our doors again.”

For further information about the Costume Construction BA Hons degree course, visit: www.southessex.ac.uk/course/costume-construction-ba-hons

To learn more about Eastbury Manor House visit: www.eastburymanorhouse.org.uk

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