IF you’ve ever watched a theatre production, admired the costumes, and wondered how they are created, this is where it all starts.
Blackpool and The Fylde College has just started a new course, a degree in fashion and costume design, accredited by the University of Lancaster.
The sewing machines have now been installed and the students have already been busy on their first assignment.
With Blackpool’s long association with the theatre, shows and productions, it makes the college ideally placed to offer the course.
Angy Young, course tutor, said: “We were getting a lot of talented and creative students at level three going on to study at institutions like the London College of Fashion and Manchester Met, so we thought it would be good to harness that local talent and keep it here.
“We came up with the idea of the three-year BA fashion course, with the element of costume making.
“In Blackpool, with all the performances we have, it seemed to fit well, focusing on contemporary performance, rather than historical.
“The course is unique, especially in the fact it is not restrictive, so students can focus on theatre, or film costume, or music video – whatever interests them most.
“The first year will be about acquiring the skills, although some students come with the skills already, but some don’t.
“We will look at garment construction, textiles, and there will be a contextual unit.
“We have a massive performing arts facility here at the college, so will be designing costumes for our many productions.”
Alysia Schuetzle, 19, has moved all the way from Suffolk to study on the course, she was so keen to do the subject.
She said: “I met Angy on a UCAS day and thought she was very friendly and down-to-earth and the course looked brilliant.
“It sounded really interesting with plenty of chances to be creative.
“What stood out for me and clinched it was the fact it had the module on business and planning to help with being self-employed and with marketing.
“I would really love to become a freelance costume designer one day.
“I just find the whole creation and design process fascinating.
“We’ve already done one project, based on scavenged materials, and that was really interesting.”
Yasmin Nyahoe, 19, from Blackpool, said: “This course stood out from the other fashion courses I looked at.
“Some of them looked a bit limiting, where this one – with all the costume design and everything – you can be really creative. There is more variety on this course.
“I’m looking forward to it, so far we’ve already done one assignment – designing and making a futuristic outfit and it was really good.
“I’m interested in designing outfits for music videos and films event-ually, rather than the theatre.”