The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Abigail Hammond

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  • Evolving Summit
  • The Hobbit


Abigail studied Dance Theatre at the Laban Centre, London, specialising in Costume Design. For the past thirty years she has been a freelance designer and lecturer. Abigail has designed and realised costumes for over a hundred choreographic works. She was the resident designer for the National Youth Dance Company for thirteen years and for Union Dance for 3 years. Abigail has been resident designer with Jasmin Vardimon’s Company since 2008. Between 2009-17 she was the Course Leader of BA Theatre Design: Costume Design at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Theatre work includes costumes for "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien produced by VFP Ltd. which ran in London's West End. Abigail has lectured at various Higher Education institutes in London including The Royal Academy of Dance, London College of Fashion, Laban, and is currently a part-time Senior Lecturer in Costume Design at Wimbledon College of Art. Her committment to education is also through community projects, including the National Theatre Education Unit, English Heritage, English National Ballet and the Barbican Centre, London.

The designs for "The Hobbit" and accompanying educational video were part of the SBTD"s "2D>3D" Exhibition 2002/5 which was also selected for the World Stage Design Exhibition, Toronto, in 2005. Abigail was nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Costume Design in 2004.

Currently Abigail is designing a third season for Zimbabwean choreographer Bawen Tavaziva, who was a runner up with "Umdlalo Kasisi" for the first Place Prize for Choreography in 2004. Her work with Tavaziva Dance can be seen as part of the current SBTD exhibition, "Collaborators" at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from November 2007.