Colourful costumes make art show pop

Eye-popping outfits will take centre stage a dance show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art on Saturday, 12 December.

The costumes include a foam bikini sculpted into ice-cream scoops and a translucent dress frosted with glitter.


We are delighted to strengthen our relationships with Edinburgh College and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Megan BakerDirector of Performance Costume at ECA

The colourful creations, designed by Performance Costume students at Edinburgh College of Art, have been inspired by the ARTIST ROOMS Roy Lichtenstein exhibition, which is currently on display at the gallery.

Creative collaboration

The ECA class will team up with students from Edinburgh College’s BA Honours Dance course, who will don the vibrant costumes and perform in the exhibition space.

'Roy Lichtenstein: Performing Costume' is a collaboration between the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh College.

This has been a unique and exciting collaborative opportunity. The students have embraced the organic creative experience and relished the prospect of performing dance work in the Gallery dressed in costumes specifically designed by the ECA students.

Ethelinda LashleyDance lecturer at Edinburgh College

Inventive designs

Dayna Ali’s foam bikini design pokes fun at pop art’s depiction of women. Her cartoonish costume includes an ice cream top made with expanding foam, blonde wig and excessive make-up.

Olivia Carnera’s translucent dress uses PVC, glitter and an embellished collar to give a water-like effect.

Other outfits include Yan Smiley’s extraordinary extended-limbed blue bodysuit and Auguste Greiciute’s outfit, which is printed with hundreds of computer symbols and has a swirl of neon yellow elastic covering the face.

Also on show will be a leotard covered in plastic and leather flowers by Velia Ansorg, who was inspired by Lichtenstein’s Water Lilies series.

We’ve loved working with the students and seeing their interpretation of the ARTIST ROOMS Roy Lichtenstein exhibition. It’ll be fabulous seeing the performances in the gallery on Saturday.

Siobhan McConnachieHead of Education at the National Galleries of Scotland