Fashion Students Take on Costume Design

Dressing Cleopatra on a budget isn’t easy but fashion students have been testing their skills to create authentic Shakespeare costumes for just £20.

Second year fashion students worked alongside their drama piers to design and create costumes for characters in five separate performances held at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre this December.

Each budding fashion designer was given a play and a character brief, ranging from a comedic old man to a modern prince, before crafting their outfits. They had to estimate the time period based on the play and devise an outfit that incorporated personality and style – all for just £20.

The iconic plays included Antony and Cleopatra, Timon of Athen, Othello, Henry IV part 1 and Henry IV part 2.

Mollie Hawkesford’s character was Sempronious, an extravagant member of the House of Lords from the play, Timon of Athen.

 “We knew it needed to be formal as most of the play is set at a dinner party so I created trousers and a waistcoat from scratch and then made sleeves which I added to a bought shirt. I designed the print for the clothing and printed it using the university’s Mimaki printers.”    – Mollie Hawkesford

 

Name: Chui Yee Character: Hotspur from King Henry IV Part 1 Character info: Rebellious character. Costume: Leather jacket with embellishments.
Name: Chui Yee
Character: Hotspur from King Henry IV Part 1
Character info: Rebellious character.
Costume: Leather jacket with embellishments.

Name: Lydia Brown Character: Falstaff from King Henry IV part 2 Character info: Comedic character, large old man. Costume: A bustle for underneath the costume. It’s stuffed and tied at the back with a t-shirt over the top to create a bulging stomach. A waistcoat transformed from a winter coat, the sleeves were removed and the print and embroidery added.
Name: Lydia Brown
Character: Falstaff from King Henry IV part 2
Character info: Comedic character, large old man.
Costume: A bustle for underneath the costume. It’s stuffed and tied at the back with a t-shirt over the top to create a bulging stomach. A waistcoat transformed from a winter coat, the sleeves were removed and the print and embroidery added.

Prince Hal, Amy Dalley
Name: Amy Dalley Character: Prince Hal from King Henry IV part 2 Character info: Modern prince, friends with Falstaff. Falstaff is Prince Hals inspiration but by the end of the play he realises Falstaff isn’t actually inspirational. Costume: Embellished waistcoat with buttons and stitching. Screen print and pattern created.

Amy Dalley (left) and Lydia Brown (right) showcase their pieces for the performance of King Henry IV part 2.
Amy Dalley (left) and Lydia Brown (right) showcase their pieces for the performance of King Henry IV part 2.

Name: Dorothy Owen Character: Timon from Timon of Athen Character info: Very wealthy and over generous with her money. Gives it to her friends and ends up losing all her money and becoming an outcast. Costume: Waistcoat made from scratch and new sleeves added to a bought shirt.
Name: Dorothy Owen
Character: Timon from Timon of Athen
Character info: Very wealthy and over generous with her money. Gives it to her friends and ends up losing all her money and becoming an outcast.
Costume: Waistcoat made from scratch and new sleeves added to a bought shirt.

Sempronious, Mollie Hawkesford
Name: Mollie Hawkesford Character: Sempronious from Timon of Athen Character info: New member of House of Lords who is very extravagant. Costume: Trousers and waistcoat made from scratch. Sleeves added to bought shirt. Prints designed and printed using the university Mimaki printers.

The Fool,  Jessica Heischen
Name: Jessica Heischen Character: The Fool from Timon of Athen Character info: Androgynous character and figment of Timon’s imagination.

Mollie Hawkesford & Dorothy Owens
Mollie Hawkesford (left) and Dorothy Owens (right) showcase their costumes from the performance Timon of Athens.

 

Full album of costume display available below

Level 2 Fashion; Costume Design

5 thoughts on “Fashion Students Take on Costume Design

  1. Fashion designing is now a trending job. People are more aware to their good looking than before. Now they try to look them more beautiful before they looking. Thank you for your article.

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  2. hi
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  3. I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. I came from the country, and by the time I got to London, I considered myself to be very stupid. It was my ambition to understand the world I live in.

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