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A decade of Adelaide College of the Arts costumes in the SALA Festival

Jul 30, 2014

TAFE SA Adelaide College of the Arts Costume for Performance students will showcase period costumes as part of the 2014 SALA Festival from 2 to 24 August.
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In their final year, students studying the Diploma of Costume for Performance have been inspired by characters from the silver and small screen for their Adelaide Arcade exhibition.

Over the past three months the students have designed and constructed costumes inspired by the films Anna Karenina, Elizabeth and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and television shows Firefly, The Vampire Diaries, Fate/Stay Night (Japanese anime).

Costume for Performance lecturer Jenny Ramos is proud of the pieces her students have constructed.

‘The Film/TV period costumes have given the final year students an opportunity to make garments to their own design, within a given brief, which is what performance costuming is all about,’ said Ms Ramos.

‘Through this project they (the students) have consolidated the skills they have learnt over the previous two years of their course, such as patternmaking and construction, and learnt how to make a theatrical period costume to industry standards’.

Final year student Katie Szabo’s costumes were inspired by the two main characters of the anime series Fate/Stay Night. The most challenging part of the project for Katie was taking something that isn’t real, like animation, and turning it into a practical garment. Katie said she used Victorian garment shapes and designs as a reference.

‘The construction of the women’s wear bodice was quite difficult, but my favourite part. It required a lot of research to construct it in the most logical way possible, while still keeping true to the techniques that would have originally been used in that period,’ said Katie. 

‘(The male costume) gave me the opportunity to use a lot of techniques that I had not used before with tailoring.’

On what she enjoys about studying at the Adelaide College of the Arts, Katie commented on the hands on approach to teaching and creativity.

‘I love that it is a construction based course, as I enjoy figuring out how a costume is put together. My favourite part has definitely been making our historical costumes, as there was a lot of freedom with what we could do.’

The SALA Period Costumes inspired by Film and TV opening night is 1 August from 6.30 to 8.30pm in Adelaide Arcade, Rundle Mall, and the exhibition runs until 24 August.

Adelaide College of the Arts offers a wide range of award and short courses, including the brand new suite of Bachelor of Creative Arts courses, delivered in partnership with Flinders University.

Find out more about Costume for Performance courses at Adelaide College of the Arts.