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Giulia Pecorari

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Biography

Giulia is a London based experimental costume designer and Lecturer in Costume Construction at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
She explores the hidden potential of materials and their meaning for performance, and how these materials can be used to extend and express the human condition.

Giulia is bringing science and performance art closer together. Clothing then becomes the area where these two different worlds come together.

This is a development of her existing work concerning the relationship between the human condition and clothing, the relationship between the performer’s movement and the costume and how to express a concept through a costume’s transformation due to the interaction between the two. Performance is where this research comes to life.

Her costumes become closer to a piece of art or a performance in itself, allowing the costume and performer to become an extension of each other.

Previously, Giulia has worked for one of the leading fashion technology companies in London, Studio XO, as their fashion/technology integration manager. At Studio XO she acted as the link between engineering and fashion, working on projects for Lady Gaga and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance among others.

Recently, she was asked to present her practice and run workshops on digital technology as a new material in costume design at World Stage Design - Costume in Action in Cardiff, London College of Fashion, Arts University Bournemouth, UK and the Finnish OISTAT Centre in Helsinki, Finland.

Giulia’s work has been exhibited at galleries and venues including Prague Quadrennial (Prague – CZ), Critical Costume (Helsinki – FI), Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Costume at the Turn of the Century (Moscow – RU), Bristol Old Vic (Bristol – UK), The Place, Clerkenwell Design week, Lilian Baylis Stage | Sadler's Wells Theatre and V&A Museum (London – UK), Venice Biennale of Dance (Venice – IT) and Amsterdam Fashion Week (Amsterdam – NL).