Students’ costumes take centre stage

Performance Costume students have designed spectacular outfits for a jaw-dropping theatrical show at Edinburgh College of Art.

Inspiration for the eye-popping costumes includes a classic children's book, a sci-fi ballet and the Mexican underworld.

Performance Costume Show

18 & 19 May

Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court

A complimentary drink will be provided on arrival, sponsored by Edinburgh Gin.

** Tickets are now sold out **

Dazzling costumes

Children’s book favourite The Tiger Who Came to Tea is brought to life by student Gracie Martin’s art deco design.

She has imagined the tiger as a 1920s gangster wearing a pinstripe suit and tie.

Yan Smiley has created characters for a sci-fi ballet set in 17th century Scotland. The outfit is inspired by stained glass windows and rugged Highland landscapes.

Kaleidoscopic prints

Performance costume student poses on stair - bright colours
Costume created by Ellie Finch, modelled by fellow student Gracie Martin

Ellie Finch has made a dazzling outfit for Maid Marian, set in contemporary Mexico.

The vibrant outfit highlights iconography linked to the country’s drug cartels, with a headdress of poppies and needles and a kaleidoscopic skirt covered in prints of machine guns and cannabis leaves. 

Surreal designs

Irvine Welsh’s novel Marabou Stork Nightmares was the focus of Dayna Ali’s surreal designs. She has created the Marabou Stork – half bird, half football hooligan.

He has a large head and beak and wears fluorescent ‘90s sportswear with a specially made Marabou logo.

Zoe Frewin has created costumes from Disney Pixar’s animation, A Bug’s Life. Inspired by George Orwell’s 1984, the insects wear uniforms and their colour denotes their class in society.

Auguste Greiciute has designed a mascot for a music video. The costume has been made from a mixture of hand knitting and up-cycled suit jackets.

Platform for success

Many students graduating in Performance Costume have gone on to have successful careers in TV, film and stage productions, working on shows such as Game of Thrones, as well as films including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Cinderella and Star Wars.

We are so excited to transform the College’s iconic Sculpture Court for our dramatic Performance Costume Show. The students have designed a huge array of wonderful, intricate and thought-provoking costumes that are sure to please audiences of all ages.

Megan BakerDirector of Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art

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