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Hollywood Reporter names Wimbledon as leading costume design school

Written by John Wallace
Published date 27 February 2019

Hollywood Reporter has once again named Wimbledon College of Arts as one of the world’s top schools for costume design. This is the second consecutive year that Wimbledon has been featured in the list of the top 10 international costume design schools.

Hollywood Reporter, which is distributed in digital and print formats, is one of the world’s most respected voices in the world of film, television, and entertainment industries. Of the course at Wimbledon it says:

“If the thought of studying in the land of period costume design appeals, University of Arts London is the place. BA Costume for Theatre and Screen focuses on historical research, coupled with new methods of production.”

Actor in period costume standing in the National Portrait Gallery.
BA Costume Design for Theatre and Screen National Portrait Gallery event.

The article also quotes one of Wimbledon’s many talented alumna, Jane Petrie, who is well known for her work on the Netflix series, The Crown.

Jane said of her time at Wimbledon:

"I left with making skills that helped. I made one of the Queen Mother’s hats the night before we shot it, and Jackie Kennedy’s cape for Buckingham Palace on my lunch break the day we shot it."

Like many of Wimbledon’s alumni, Jane has made time to stay in touch with the college and recently accepted an invitation to give a talk to the current students about life in the challenging but exciting world of costume design.

Actor with blue eyebrows holding an umbrella.
BA Costume Design for Theatre and Screen collaboration production with ALRA of Alice Through the Looking Glass. - Credit: Ali Wright.

So what makes studying at Wimbledon quite unique and worthy of a place in the world’s top ten?

In the words of course leader, Kevin Freeman:

“Collaborative practice and high profile live projects are embedded into the course to offer students a real experience in working across a range of performance genres.

This ensures our interpretation students have confidence in creative challenges and finding appropriate design solutions, whilst our design students are accomplished makers as well as offering forward thinking, innovative and experimental practitioners.

The course is about understanding the past in order to inform the future.”

To the see the full list visit The Hollywood Reporter.

Find out more about BA Costume Design for Theatre and Screen at Wimbledon.