Costume Construction at Coleg Y Cymoedd

Students from the ‘Costume Construction for Screen & Stage’ course, based at Coleg Y Cymoedd, have been incorporating fabric kindly donated by Screen Alliance Wales and Bad Wolf into their recent ‘Costume for Screen’ project.

The second year Foundation Degree students have been working from the ‘skin up’, interpreting designs and costumes from original sketches, TV and Film. With lavish costumes ranging from Henry VIII, Doctor Who and Scarlet O’Hara in ‘Gone with the Wind’, the aim was to produce not only the outer layers, but also the corsets and undergarments to go with them.

Throughout the project they have worked as interpreters, initially researching images and incorporating them into the cut and construction of the costume. Throughout this process, their technical knowledge and problem-solving skills were put to the test in order to translate a two-dimensional design into a three-dimensional reality.

The costumes produced have been cut and made to an industry standard, allowing them to be viewed in the closest of detail.

Kelsey Villis, second year Foundation Degree student, says ‘As a student, purchasing materials for costumes can be very expensive, so having the opportunity to use the beautiful fabrics donated by Screen Alliance Wales and Bad Wolf has really helped me to construct my costume fully for this project'.

The Costume Construction course at Coleg y Cymoedd, in partnership with the University of South Wales and taught at the Nantgarw Campus, introduces students to costume construction within the areas of film and theatre and prepares graduates with the necessary skills to become a specialist in the field.

Throughout the course students develop a range of specialist skills such as pattern cutting and garment construction as well as surface embellishment, corsetry and tailoring.    

Course leader and lecturer, Emma Embling, was also delighted with the donation and said that “Throughout the course, students are taught to pattern cut and make costumes, all from a set of basic measurements. This module in particular is always very expensive due to the amount and quality of fabrics required to make costumes to Screen standard. We were so grateful to receive the rolls of fabrics from Screen Alliance Wales and Bad Wolf. As well as saving the students a lot of money they have also been put to very good use, as you can see from the images! Thank you so much for the generous donations”.




If you’d like to find out more about this, or any other, course at Coleg Y Cymoedd, simply follow this link to their website.