QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 81 - Page 12

C o s t u m e Showcase pays homage to the past, present and future S TUDENTS FROM QMU’s Costume Design and Construction degree programme dazzled audiences with their creative talents at this year’s Costume Showcase held in May. The event featured an array of costumes modelled by Performing Arts Students. The breadth of work reflected the Costume Design and Construction students’ portfolio and the supporting exhibition featured illustrations, mannequins showcasing costumes, impressive masks and millinery. The main show transported the audience between different worlds – from the 17th century court of Charles II, stopping for a moment in an Edwardian musical hall, and reaching into the future with space-aged mutants. Sarah Paulley, Programme Leader in Costume Design and Construction, explained: “It was a visual rollercoaster which moved from bold black and white harlequin costumes 12 QMYOU /Creativity and Culture to gloriously colourful African textiles. This year, an entire collection of costumes were themed around the Tempest, Shakespeare’s mystical island, with costumes inspired by birds, fishes and spirits. After the shows guests had the opportunity to meet the student designers and makers, and to get an insight into the research, creativity and skill that goes into developing their creations. Some of the students from QMU’s Costume Design and Construction degree have gone on to create costumes for Holywood blockbusters such as ‘Gravity’ with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the new TV series ‘Outlander’ and some TV drama favourites such as ‘Mr Selfridge’. Other graduates have worked with companies such as Scottish Ballet and the Welsh National Opera. ❒