Katie Barford

A Costume Residency held at Wimbledon College of Arts, 2014. Costume Designer: Katie Elliott. Performed by Julie Groves.
Photograph taken by Alexandra Purvis.

A Practice-Led Investigation into the Significance of Costume-Bodies Through a Study of Tanztheater Wuppertal

Wimbledon College of Arts

AHRC Studentship Award Holder

Katie Barford (previously Elliott) is a Costume Designer and PhD student at Wimbledon College of Arts in London, where she also works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  Her AHRC-funded practice-led doctoral research, titled ‘A Practice-Led Investigation into the Significance of Costumed-Bodies through a Study of Tanztheater Wuppertal’ , uses a selection of works by this dance-theatre company to look at the significance of the costumed-body in theatre and performance.

Her research interests include costume design, drawing, and sign theory, and she has disseminated her research at the 2013 TaPRA conference (Scenography Working Group) and was the Costume Designer In Residence at the Postrgaduate TaPRA Symposium in 2014. 

She is due to present a paper about her practice-led research at the New Scholars Forum in the upcoming 2014 IFTR symposium "Theatre & Stratification" and has published  in the peer-reviewed UAL Journal JAWS (Issue 1, 2012).


Professor Jane Collins (Director of Studies),

Dr Paul Ryan,

Emeritus Professor Helen Thomas