Grace Nicholas - Costume Designer

Tina in the Green Dress

Grace Nicholas graduated from Wimbledon's BA Costume Design course and now works for theatre company Les Enfants Terrible.

What's studying BA Costume Design at Wimbledon like?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the college! I lived in Tooting, at Furzedown Student Village in my first year, which was one of the best years of my life. I made friends with people on all different kinds of courses, so Wimbledon really felt like a friendly community. 

One of the best things about Wimbledon was almost every evening there'd be some sort of event happening, usually an exhibition and always with free alcohol!

This was a really nice way to break up the evening if I was working late.

What did you learn from the college's teaching staff?

How designs depend on the theme of the production as well as the fabric the character is wearing. I also experimented quite a lot when it came to making things and, with the tutors and technicians advice, learnt a lot of unusual techniques that work well with a wide range of materials.

Did you get much industry experience during your course?

Everyone does a two month placement as part of their second year, and I spent mine working as a costume and set assistant for Prangsta Costumiers on a play called And I And Silence at the Finborough Theatre.

I also worked on a film in my first year and made costumes for a burlesque company the following summer.

I did a good amount of work experience, which really helped prepare me for the industry.

And what are you working on now?

I work on a freelance basis, so what I do varies from one week to the next as I'm always juggling more than one project. Right now, I'm a costume supervisor for the theatre company Les Enfants Terribles, and we're doing a festival run of original shows that use fables as inspiration.

Any advice for future Wimbledon students?

  • Do as much industry work as possible during your studies
  • Really push your design and production ideas so you can make best use of all the college's facilities
  • Make friends with as many students as you can - it'll make studying at Wimbledon an even more fun place to be

Related links:

BA Costume for Theatre and Screen

www.gracenicholas.co.uk