Costume students with their designs

 

Costume degree students have showcased their work in an exciting exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

 

The exhibition Their Fight, Our Future included nine inspirational Victorian women's costumes, designed and created by the Costume for Performance and Film students. The costumes pay homage to pioneering women of the time, including a social activist, physician, astronomer, explorer, photographer and suffragette.

 

Grace Drake and her costume The exhibition was organised by second year student Grace Drake, who said, "This was our calico project and we started by making a corset, bustle and petticoat; these were very intricate makes - especially the corset - as there was a lot of pinning, hand sewing, sewing, re-sewing, unpicking and then sewing again.

 

"Our top skirts and bodices were the only pieces that were decorated individually to fit our women. We used different techniques to do this, such as stencilling, screen printing and using pen and ink to embellish our costumes."

 

After seven weeks of intense historical pattern cutting, designing, stitching and ironing, the costumes were completed ready for the exhibition.

 

Grace said, "We are eternally grateful to Brighton Museum for hosting us and our costumes, and for the support and encouragement from Northbrook MET staff who helped to get us where we are now."

 

There will be another chance to view the costumes at Brighton Museum's International Women's Day celebration on Saturday 3 March.

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Costume students with their designs

 

Costume degree students have showcased their work in an exciting exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

 

The exhibition Their Fight, Our Future included nine inspirational Victorian women's costumes, designed and created by the Costume for Performance and Film students. The costumes pay homage to pioneering women of the time, including a social activist, physician, astronomer, explorer, photographer and suffragette.

 

Grace Drake and her costume The exhibition was organised by second year student Grace Drake, who said, "This was our calico project and we started by making a corset, bustle and petticoat; these were very intricate makes - especially the corset - as there was a lot of pinning, hand sewing, sewing, re-sewing, unpicking and then sewing again.

 

"Our top skirts and bodices were the only pieces that were decorated individually to fit our women. We used different techniques to do this, such as stencilling, screen printing and using pen and ink to embellish our costumes."

 

After seven weeks of intense historical pattern cutting, designing, stitching and ironing, the costumes were completed ready for the exhibition.

 

Grace said, "We are eternally grateful to Brighton Museum for hosting us and our costumes, and for the support and encouragement from Northbrook MET staff who helped to get us where we are now."

 

There will be another chance to view the costumes at Brighton Museum's International Women's Day celebration on Saturday 3 March.