Creative Katie showcases costumes from The Dukes

Katie Duxbury with some of the costumes featured in the Piece by Piece exhibition at The Dukes gallery, Lancaster
Katie Duxbury with some of the costumes featured in the Piece by Piece exhibition at The Dukes gallery, Lancaster
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A wardrobe assistant is staging an exhibition of her most stunning creations.

Katie Duxbury has made costumes for a number of productions at The Dukes, in Lancaster, and is now holding her Piece By Piece exhibition in the city centre theatre’s gallery until April 13.

She has made the costumes for two of The Dukes’ outdoor walkabout shows, as well as two Christmas productions, and she’s now been recruited to create the pieces for the theatre’s summer production, Hansel and Gretel, in Williamson Park.

Since graduating in theatre design in 2009 from Nottingham Trent University, Katie has let her imagination run wild for her creations, using recycled materials and taking inspiration from waterfalls, autumn leaves and wild animals to make fantastical costumes.

“A lot of the costumes have been inspired by local environments, such as the beach at Morecambe,” said Katie, whose design for one of the exhibits features bits of fishing net found on the shore.

“When I start a design, I often have a particular idea and then, as part of the creative process, it develops. This is how it differs from my usual work in theatres, when I have to stick to someone else’s designs.”

Most of Katie’s creations are made of scraps of material which would have been thrown away, or charity shop finds including old purses, handbags, buttons, beads and belts.

Her flapper dress was produced from a tangled string curtain, while a huntress bodice was created from metal washers.

“I like the idea that some of my designs could be worn as alternative wedding dresses, or for a special occasion like a red carpet event,” said Katie

Anyone wanting to pick up some tips from Katie can attend a free drop-in workshop at The Dukes gallery from 11am to 4pm on April 5.

Katie will provide a basic dress and lots of materials, and invite visitors to help her decorate it.

The Piece By Piece exhibition is open during normal Dukes opening hours.