Giulia Pecorari, course leader and LCF alumni, is a costume designer for performance and costume maker for films. Her practice focuses on materials and their potential and how they can be used to express the human condition through performance. Initially trained at Polimoda International Institute in Florence in pattern cutting and garment technology, she holds an MA in Costume Design for Performance from LCF. For three years Giulia has worked as a lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and prior to her academic career, Giulia worked for Studio XO, one of London’s leading fashion technology companies as their fashion/technology integration manager. At Studio XO she worked on projects for Lady Gaga and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance among others. In film, she has worked for award-winning designers and directors such as Aladdin (Designer Michael Wilkinson, Director Guy Ritchie), Mary Magdalene (Designer Jacqueline Durran, Director Garth Davis), Alien: Covenant (Designer Janty Yates, Director Ridley Scott), Doctor Strange (Designer Alexandra Byrne, Director Scott Derrickson) and The Martian (Designer Janty Yates, Director Ridley Scott) among others. Giulia has exhibited and presented her work internationally at galleries and venues including Prague Quadrennial, Bristol Old Vic, Sadler's Wells Theatre, the V&A, Venice Biennale of Dance, Amsterdam Fashion Week, World Stage Design in Cardiff, Critical Costume in Helsinki, Costume at the Turn of the Century in Moscow, Desenhos de Cena #1 in São Paulo, Brazil and Inifd in Jodhpur, India.
Claire Christie is the senior lecturer for BA Costume for Performance. She trained at the University of the Creative Arts at Epsom in fashion design. Following graduation, she began her career in costume for theatre, film and television, working over the years on many notable period and contemporary productions. She has made costumes for Judi Dench, Helena Bonham-Carter, Angelina Jolie, Maggie Smith, Dawn French and many others. Film credits include James Bond 007 films Goldeneye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Elizabeth (1998), Topsy Turvy (1999), Tomb Raider (2003), and Vera Drake (2004). Her most recent film work includes Harry Potter (2005), A Mighty Heart (2007) working with Angelina Jolie, and Easy Virtue (2008) working with Jessica Beale. Opera and theatre commissions include productions for English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Garsington Opera and the Chichester Festival, working with designers including Alison Chitty, Nicky Gillibrand, Maria Bjornson, and William Dudley. Claire’s teaching career has included associate lectureships at Central Saint Martins and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and programme leader on the Costume Design and Interpretation course at Central School of Speech and Drama. She combines her teaching on this course with being a tutor on the MA Costume Design for Performance in the School of Media and Communication Graduate School at LCF.
Agnes Treplin originally trained in Fashion Design in Berlin before undertaking the BA(Hons) Theatre Design at Central Saint Martin’s and some years after that the MA Performance and Culture at Goldsmith University. Since 1995 she has worked as a theatre designer on many productions for opera, dance, theatre, musicals, film and TV in the UK and internationally. Her most recent design credits: Who Do We Think We Are? (Southwark Playhouse) A Dashing Fellow (New Diorama Theatre London) Werther. Die Sprache der Liebe (Hans Otto Theater, Potsdam, Germany), Warsaw Melody (Arcola Theatre), Am Horizont (Hans Otto Theater, Germany) Consultants and Man in the Middle (Theatre 503, London) The Last 5 Years (Barbican) Land of The Gypsies (Grand Theatre, Casino du Liban, Lebanon) The Marriage of Figaro and Don Pasquale (ETO)The Rise of the Phoenix and Gibran The Prophet and Don Quixote for the Byblos International Festival in Lebanon, Al Mutanabbi (Baalbek Festival, Lebanon, Xenobia (Dubai)) Der Freischuetz (National Theatre of Iceland), Othello (Basingstoke Theatre). She has designed over 40 productions for Guildhall School of Music, LAMDA and RADA and was appointed head of Design at Drama Centre London from 2000 - 2010. Agnes is currently leading the curation for the UK participation at the exhibition Innovative Costumes of the 21st Century: The New Generation opening in Moscow in 2019. She engages in research projects addressing costume in performance and most recently produced and designed a costume performance and subsequent film in collaboration with the National Gallery, London College of Fashion, exhibited at the NG, Shoreditch Town Hall and as part of the Evolutions in Performance Design exhibition in Beijing in 2014 and at Shanghai Museum of Modern Art in 2015. She has taught Theatre Design at Central Saint Martin’s College for over 10 years and has been course director for the MA Costume Design for Performance at London College of Fashion since 2010. In addition she took on the role as Programme Director for Performance at LCF from 2105 -2016, holds the PG Cert for Teaching Art and Design and provides PhD supervision at LCF. She is contributing to international research forums most recently at the World Stage Design Expo 2017 in Taiwan for the conference ‘Thinking Costume’. View Agnes Treplin's full profile here.
Karl J. Rouse trained as a performer at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and later moved into Performance Studies as a Fulbright scholar (representing the UK government under Tony Blair) at The Tisch School of The Arts, New York University. Here he studied directing under Richard Schechner and Anna Deavere Smith and performed in the ‘downtown’ experimental scene in venues such as PS122, La Mama, and St Annes Wearhouse. Karl has represented the Performing Arts for the Fulbright Commission at The White House, Downing Street and in the House of Lords. He was awarded a Royal Holloway, University of London, Scholarship in 2003 and studied customer service and organisational loyalty with The Disney Institute in 2006. As a producer, Karl has served as Executive Director of The Accidental Festival (The Roundhouse, The ICA, Battersea Arts Centre) which has included the work of Liz LeCompte, Simon McBurney, Richard Foreman, Katy Mitchel, Felix Barret and Tristan Sharps. Karl is a fellow of The Royal Society of The Arts, and The Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre, where he focused upon the role of The Entrepreneurial Artist. This led to presentations at The Fulbright Conference in Beijing, the European League of Arts Institutes (ELIA) in Amsterdam, and The International Entrepreneurial Educators Conference (IEEC) in Sheffield. Karl was also the first Director of Performance at Capital City Academy, and an Assistant Principal within the Studio School Trust. He has therefore developed new curricula in new buildings for students aged 12 to 18, and 18 and above. For ten years he was a senior lecturer and pathway leader at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and has previously served as External Examiner at The National Centre for Circus Arts. Recently he has become a mentor for The Leadership Foundation, specifically working with BAME Academics seeking to move into senior leadership positions. He is a mental health first-aider and has an interest in Mindfulness in Education.