Wedding belles in spotlight at costume showcase

Costumes inspired by a wedding scene from one of Shakespeare’s comedies will take centre stage at a student showcase.

The 15 bridal outfits, designed by third year performance costume students, will be part of a theatrical showcase at Edinburgh College of Art – recreating a scene from As You Like It.

ECA Performance Costume Show

The show takes place on 17 and 18 May in the Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court

Tickets cost £13.68

Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite

Wedding belles In spotlight at costume showcase

Expert skill

Students have designed costumes for the wedding feast in Shakespeare’s play, during which four couples are married.

Their off-white gowns, embellished with silver and gold, each reflective of different time periods between the 1600s and the 1950s.

Each student has used traditional and contemporary textile techniques combined with historical pattern cutting to create a bespoke costume for their era.

Partnership project

Gretna Green, the world-famous wedding venue and visitor attraction, has sponsored the project.

The costumes will be exhibited throughout this summer at the five-star visitor attraction’s Famous Blacksmiths Shop Museum, where couples from England have historically ran away to get married.

We’re delighted to be able to support this project and showcase the creative talents of young people studying in Scotland. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to host such a unique exhibit to an international audience and the context of the project compliments the history and heritage of Gretna Green.

Kevin StewartHead of Marketing at Gretna Green

Graduate success

Many Edinburgh performance costume graduates have gone on to successful careers in cinema, TV and theatre.

Recent graduates have worked on Wild Rose, Outlander, Game of thrones, Outlaw King and Downton Abbey. Others have gone on to work at the Royal Opera House, the V&A Museum, Scottish Opera and Northern Ballet.


The students have shown a huge amount of skill in using historical and contemporary techniques to create their costumes. We are delighted to have partnered with Gretna Green for this project, and it will be fantastic to have our students’ work on show at this iconic venue during the summer.

Megan BakerDirector of Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art

Related links

ECA Performance Costume Show

Study Performance Costume at ECA