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Costume Research


The costumes of the past are rich in their form and techniques, and inspire the fashion of today. The student will discover these techniques and the different elements that make the garment, and through these studies will recreate a garment by applying these techniques. The student will be able to produce one stage costume respecting the principals and rules of historical construction.


  • Creating a ‘Fraise’.
  • 16th century collar.
  • Fabrication of a ‘Caleche / Barouche’ – 18th century.
  • Realization of a top ‘Brassiere / Bodice’ – 19th century.
  • Jacket influenced by the French revolution.
  • Sleeves from the 19th century.
  • Draping of a complete dress.

The aim of this course is to build on the students  knowledge and experience of costume research.   The students will gain the ability to produce one or several stage costumes; the model of which is to be chosen by the student (i.e.: period, type of work, type of theatrical production etc…).  The students will be required to respect the historical rules of reconstruction.  The process will include documented research, sketches, the finished drawing of the costume, fabric samples, color, pattern cutting techniques, the toile, the finished costume and its appropriate undergarments, boning/framework and accessories.


  • Realization of 16th & 17th century collars.
  • Research of jacket influenced by 18th century (Marie Antoinette style).
  • Exercise with different sleeves and collars from the 19th century.
  • Draping of a complete dress in the style of the beginning of the 19th century.
  • Realization of a 19th century corset with gussets.
  • Exercise with different styles of sleeves and collars from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century.