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