Inspired by the music of Stravinsky’s The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, this year’s Wearable Art Show took on a Russian theme as part of Russia ’17 – a unique creative collaboration of 15 Welsh Arts Organisations.
First year Design students had to develop costumes that change the body shape whilst being practical enough to withstand the rigours of dance.
All costumes were constructed from recycled and reclaimed materials and took three weeks to design and make. The students then had to step out of workshop (and their comfort zone), bringing their costumes to life with a performance in front of a live audience.
Drawing inspiration from the Bauhaus movement and Dadaism in her work, student Georgia Hill talked about the process of designing her costume.
“The whole experience has been really exciting, and I was motivated by knowing that I’d be performing in the show wearing my own costume. It’s been helpful to get a practical feel for designing for performance, considering how the materials would look under stage lights, and experiencing the costume from the perspective of the performer.”
“It was also fantastic to work with the stage managers and technical team and to get an understanding of the need for costumes to look great but also be responsive to performance movement”.
The costumes are on display in the Southern Foyer at the College until Thursday 30th March.
Photos taken by third year Design for Performance student, Olivia Racionzer. Find more about her work on her website.