Student designs light up costume parade

Vivid outfits designed by University students will captivate audiences at a series of Edinburgh events marking the Indian Festival of Diwali.

The kaleidoscopic creations, adorned with lights, mirrors and bells,  include a peacock with a glow-in-the-dark tail, a sculptural lotus flower and a giant tiger made with colourful children’s toys.

The Performance Costume students from Edinburgh College of Art have made the costumes for a firework celebration organised by the charity Scottish Love in Action.

Event information

The Lightastic Fireworks Extravaganzas take place at 7pm on Friday, 4 November at George Heriot’s Playing Fields, and at 4.30pm and 7pm on Sunday, 6 November at George Watson’s Rugby Club.

Tickets cost £7.50.

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Charity events

The series of events will raise money for a project that educates and cares for more than 400 vulnerable children in India.

The charity donated more than 70 traditional Indian fabrics for the students to incorporate into their designs. They took their inspiration from Indian legends and traditions, including Diwali itself – an ancient Hindu festival that uses lanterns to honour Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth.

We are thrilled to work with Edinburgh College of Art for this year's fireworks events. The enthusiasm with which the third-year students have embraced the project has been incredible – everyone has really taken this project to heart and worked exceptionally hard. The costumes they have created are spectacular and we cannot wait to see our audiences' reaction to them.

Vicki WatsonFundraising Manager at Scottish Love in Action

Elaborate costumes

Charlotte Hutton has created a costume inspired by the Hindu god of war’s favoured mode of transport – the peacock. The bodice is made from layers of purples and yellow material, and a large metal frame covered in lights has created a magnificent tail.

The lotus flower, a sacred Hindu symbol, is central to Katy Powell’s design. She has used delicately patterned orange and pink saris to create petals on the body and headdress, both of which are lined with softly glowing lights.

Amanda Rathney-Quin wanted to create a fun and lively outfit. Her elaborate costume is made from foam and decorated with plastic toys. The outfit is completed with an oversized tiger hat and neon wellington boots.

Indian-inspired outfits

Harriet Ogden’s opulent robe draws from stories of Kama, the god of desire. The gown is emblazoned with an image of Kama riding a bird and is embellished with circular mirrors and hundreds of tiny lights.

Kali, the destroyer of the ego, was Megan Gallacher’s focus. Her eye-catching cloak is covered with symbols that are associated with the ego today, including social media logos, magazine titles and mirrors.

Katie Boyd’s costume is inspired by traditional Indian dance and movement. Her red and green outfit is emblazoned with gold thread and lights, with bells on the arms and knees. 

It has been wonderful to help support this charity and to see the students getting so inspired by Diwali and its many legends. The students have created some truly spectacular costumes with saris generously donated by Scottish Love in Action that will add a riot of carnival colour and light to the evening events

Megan BakerDirector of Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art

Related links

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Scottish Love in Action

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