BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume for Stage and Screen launch week-long exhibition with Costume Show

Scarborough School of Arts students from Scarborough TEC’s BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume for Stage and Screen launched the exhibition of their final work with a colourful Costume Show at the college’s Westwood Campus, attended by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, VIPs and invited guests.

The annual event has become a highlight in the industry’s calendar and this year saw the final time being held at the college’s Westwood Campus as they relocate to Scarborough TEC’s new home at Filey Road from September 2017.

Jan Brown, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume for Stage and Screen, said: “The students have been organising this for a year as part of their course; they’ve fundraised, organised the refreshments and arranged goody bags for our VIPs, alongside designing and creating their exhibitions.

“I love so many of the costumes that have been created; a giant pink elephant, a fantastic wedding dress from the Outlander series, a warrior princess and a Chinese Cinderella that is just gorgeous, but there are just so many I really can’t choose a favourite.

“The show gives the students the chance to see how their costumes look under stage lighting, to see how the audience reacts to them and gives them the opportunity to see if their costumes tell the stories they want them to tell.”

The event saw a drinks reception after the show and an opportunity to meet with the fantastic costume designers and makers. As part of the course students also organised a static exhibition where visitors are be able to view their work.

Student Abby Perry, 21, said: “I’m happy and relieved to be here.  We’ve had three years of hard work and it’s great to have out final show, we’ve had two years of watching the other students shows and it’s that it’s our turn.  I’m from Scotland and to move for the course has been very hard but completely worthwhile.  There aren’t that many places you can study this course in the UK but I heard so many great things that I knew it was the one for me.”

Imogen Duke, 21, added:  “It’s a bit surreal to finally be here and the last few months have been a whirlwind getting ready.  My three costumes in my sections are my 1930’s Maiko Kimono ensemble, my Throne of Glass design project and my 1860’s Travelling Dress Interpretation project.  The Maiko is my favourite because I’ve been workng on it all year and I’ve used lots of different textiles and fabrics; it’s something I’ve wanted to make for a while and I’ve finally got the chance to do it.”

The static exhibition where visitors will be able to view the work for BA (Hons) Fine Art and BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume for Stage and Screen is free entry and is running at the Westwood Campus from 5th-9th June – 10am-4pm.