A chance for a student to win £1,000 and spend a day at our Costume Workshop in Stratford-upon-Avon getting hands on experience from a professional team.

We are working with our Official Thread Supplier, Coats, to provide this exclusive opportunity to a budding designer.

All you need to do is design a modern day costume for a Shakespearean character of your choice. You are encouraged to submit innovative interpretations, where your design explores inventive use of materials and meets the demands required of theatre performance costumes.

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The design brief

  • Design a modern day costume for a character from any Shakespeare play. This must be one costume for one character but may consist of multiple pieces to a maximum of four.
  • Sketch your design on A3 paper (include annotations about material choices).
  • Coats products must be used in the costume (see www.coats.com). Include reference to these in your annotations.
  • Attach a 500 word rationale about your costume design concept, style and features, and why you have chosen these to suit the character and costume in question.
  • Include an indicative budget for materials to a total maximum of £500.
  • Once you have completed your design,
  • enter the Shakespeare Refashioned competition.
  • Read and agree the competition terms and conditions.

Things to consider:

  • Remember that stage costumes are viewed from varying distances, both close-up and afar.
  • Be mindful of the fact that a costume establishes the character with the audience. Learn about some of Shakespeare’s characters.
  • Consider how your costume will works together with other characters on stage.
  • Theatre costumes must be durable, keep this in mind in your design. Read about the process of making theatre.
  • Remember to enjoy the process and have fun.

Closing date: 14 January 2019


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