Louise Taylor - Costume Designer
Louise Taylor graduated from Wimbledon's BA Costume Interpretation course in 2011, and now works for historical costume company Past Pleasures.
What have you been up to since graduating from BA Costume Interpretation?
I carried on working at a bridal shop in Wimbledon, where I'd been working part-time during my degree. Then I got a call from Past Pleasures offering me a full-time job with them. They sponsor a series of prizes at the college's degree show, where i was awarded third prize, and that's how I met my current manager.
How did studying at Wimbledon help prepare you for your career?
During my time at Wimbledon we were privileged enough to work with additional tutors who worked in the theatre or film industry. Being able to learn from those already working in potential career environments was so valuable in preparing us for work after graduating.
How much industry experience did you gain during your course?
I was lucky enough to have work experience placements at Chertsey Museum and Surrey Arts Wardrobe whilst studying. I'm still in contact with Chertsey, where I've helped on exhibition set ups and am currently making a replica nightcap for their education department.
Any advice for the next generation of Wimbledon students?
Make sure you spend time researching original garments before starting a new costume. There's nothing more valuable than looking at the real thing, so you can understand how it was made in the past and recreate this look now.