Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Image: Brian Slater


BOVTS Costume Department and the Wallace Collection (2015)

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Costume Department is collaborating with the Wallace Collection, recreating costumes to be used in the Collection’s work with schools. The Wallace Collection houses 25 galleries of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.

This beautiful reproduction doublet has been made by second year student, Ellie Smith, from a portrait of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester held in the collection. You can view the portrait here.

The School’s Foundation Degree in Costume for Theatre, Television and Film is an intensive vocational and highly practical course for four students per year covering all aspects of costume work. This includes pattern-cutting, costume making, costume supervision, dyeing, millinery, corset making, history of costume, hiring and buying to budget, wig care, basic make-up and all organisational aspects of the work. The students work to given designs, drafting, fixing and making for and dressing all of the School’s public productions and TV shoots which number between twelve and fourteen per year.