The Society of British Theatre Designers

The Value of Design

Practice as Research in Costume

Practice as Research in Costume
  • Production: How is textiles influenced by cultural elements and traditions?
  • Venue: The Art Centre - Edge Hill University
  • Year: 2015
  • Costume Design by: Holly Lewis
  • Photography by: Holly Lewis
I have a great interest in the differences and similarities every culture has with each other around the world. This is when I decided to put this interest into my Practice as research in costume, I looked into textiles pieces from around the world, such as, Africa, Russia, China etc. A long side with the research, I created a costume piece as my own interpretation of these cultures and added my own artistic taste into it. Once I put this dress onto a body, I then decided to expand the textile patterns onto the skin very much like most cultures. This was then exhibited with both costume, photographs and research.