WCA and The National Gallery London invited the public to view a unique collection of costumes designed and created by 2nd and 3rd year BA costume students at WCA, UAL. The Costume Shows ran throughout May were part of the National Gallery Friday Lates programme, and in past years the collaboration has been a great success.
Hilary Baxter, Costume Pathway Leader at Wimbledon, commented that the shows are "a wonderful opportunity to show the different ways in which the students are currently producing new and exciting costume work" and noted that both staff and students were looking forward to sharing the finished costumes with the Gallery and the public.
In May in a series of live art events and costume parades as students from WCA brang National Gallery paintings to life as part of the Costume Parade, the Gallery's Sainsbury Wing Theatre stage became a catwalk for a special show, where the student costume Designers & Interpreters talked about their creations. The models then paraded on a set route around the Gallery before striking a pose in front of the individual paintings used by the designers as their inspiration.
1 May The Prince & The Showgirl
Includes costumes inspired by Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers', Botticelli's 'Venus and Mars', Velázquez's 'Philip IV of Spain' and Turner's 'Fighting Temeraire'. Costumes made by Wimbledon's 3rd Year Costume Interpretation students.
8 May Transfigurations
Costumes making their catwalk debut will included those inspired by Delaroche's 'The Execution of Lady Jane Grey' and Degas's 'Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando'. Costumes by 3rd Year Costume Design students from WCA.
22 May Everyman
A parade based on characters from the classic morality play and inspired by National Gallery pictures.Paintings used as a starting point for these particular costumes include Holbein's 'Ambassadors' and Picasso's 'Child with a Dove'. Costumes by Wimbledon's 2nd Year Costume Design students.
29 May Stepping Out of the Frame
Models paraded through the Gallery in costumes bringing 17th- and 18th-century paintings to life. Costumes by 2nd Year Costume Interpretation students from Wimbledon College of Art. [British Sign Language interpreted]