University Centre South Essex launches costume construction competition

University Centre South Essex has launched a costume construction challenge to encourage people to showcase their talents during these unprecedented times.

Titled ‘Rubbish Costume Competition’, the contest allows entrants to use their innovation and creativity to create costumes, accessories or props out of everyday household objects or rubbish that can be recycled, upcycled or repurposed.

The competition is open to everyone in the wider community as well as current and prospective students at University Centre South Essex. There are two categories, one for under 18s and one for over 18s. Entrants can produce an accessory, prop, portrait (head and shoulders) or full length costume (full body). 

The University Centre is excited to see how entrants use everyday household items and objects to create stunning visual pieces. Any inspiration or reference points can be utilized, from a literal or conceptual approach, or from your favourite TV shows such as the Sewing Bee or the Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft.

Prizes for each category include £100 worth of sewing related materials and crafts.

Lou Cox, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Costume Construction at University Centre South Essex, said: “Our students have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their innovation and resourcefulness, through up-cycling and repurposing old clothes and other items, has still enabled them to produce wonderful costumes, even when the country was on lockdown. It is this creative problem solving that has inspired the Rubbish Costumes competition. We hope this challenge will allow our students and the wider community to get involved and have some creative fun.” 

You can read the full terms of entry and how to submit your piece by visiting:

Competition closes 1pm on 1 September 2020.