Fashion students at Stratford-upon-Avon College recently contributed to a stunning dress displayed as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Costume Day festival takeover in Stratford.
The event was taking place to celebrate the RSC’s newly re-opened Costume Workshop on Waterside and featured performances, workshops, exhibitions and a range of activities celebrating the company’s costume making heritage.
The intricate dress, created by RSC costume designer Bretta Gerecke, incorporated weaves made by the College’s first year fashion students. Students printed photos of their designs as well as photos from the RSC archives which were then cut to start the weaving process during a recent RSC collaboration workshop with weave artist Nilupa Yasmin.
Lecturer Louisa Figus was delighted to see the students’ work on display. She commented: “We were really excited to collaborate with the RSC on this project. It is important we offer students the experience of working on live projects with professional designers to give them a flavour of life in the industry.”