Plymouth College of Art
Costume Production and Associated Crafts
Hello, I'm Alice I am a graduate from the 2022 Costume Production and Associated crafts course at Arts University Plymouth (formally known as PCA). I have a love for Fantasy and Historical costumes. For my first project I chose to interpret a book that had not yet been adapted on screen, designing the main characters in the masquerade ballroom scene from book three of the Bridgerton series “An Offer from a Gentleman.” I chose the masquerade ballroom, because the scene is a vital part of the story where the main characters of the book, Benedict Bridgerton and Sophie Beckett, meet for the first time. And because in this scene I had the most creative licence, allowing myself to push my creativity to design characters dressed from historical icons to fruit! My main challenge as a designer was illustrating through my designs the vast contrast in the characters’ personalities, as well as creating new characters; continuing with established characters that already had been interpreted in the previous series; putting my own twist on the character, but creating a fluid transition with the predecessor’s costume designs. For my second project I chose to interpret my costume design for the character Posy Reiling. My aim when realizing the character was being able to experiment and combine my love of historical fashion and modern fabrics to make a dress and accompanying corset. Experimentation, layering, sampling and the development of new and established techniques allowed me to create a dress for Posy a timid, kind and caring young lady and to make her a dress that would convey her character as a mermaid, and make her feel beautiful and confident while attending her first masquerade ball. I used a combination of duchess satin, tulle and organza for the dress. I customised the organza with pearl detailing to replicate my design.
I have excellent, design, sewing, pattern drafting and constructing skills. I also have experience using both domestic and industrial sewing machines, irons, overlockers and more. I not only have experience in costume making through a vast variety of different projects, but props too. Including millinery, masks, tiaras and puppet making. For industry experience, in 2021 as a costume collective we collaborated with Stiltskin’s Soapbox children’s theatre where we each made butterfly inspired rod puppets based on the designs by Jacqueline Ball, with accompanying hats to be worn by the children controlling the puppets. My project with Stiltskin’s Soapbox children’s theatre allowed me to learn and develop new skills, making my puppet from scratch, hand dyeing the fabric, embellishing as well as beading the puppet.