23 May 2012 at 10.45am | Comment on this article
The competition, now in its second year, was based around the iconic Royal Opera production. It challenged students to bring the Paris of the 1830s to the stage by creating their own designs for the opera, choosing from one of five different categories: costume, marketing, make up and wigs, set design and online educational resources for Royal Opera House repertory.
The competition offered entrants the chance to discuss their work with leading industry experts and the judges, all design specialists from the Royal Opera House, included Les Troyens set designer Es Devlin.
The challenge, designed to give students an insight into the realities of the design industry, attracted high quality entries from eight founder colleges from the National Skills Academy. All 161 entrants attended the afternoon performance, before viewing an exhibition of their work and hearing feedback from the judges at an awards ceremony. The overall winners were:
- Layla Thornton, Stoke-on-Trent College (Wigs and Makeup)
- Kata Faseha, South Essex College (Set Design)
- Harry Taylor, North Hertfordshire College (Digital Education Resource)
- Luke Jarvis, North Hertfordshire College (Digital Education Resource)
- Lauren King, Amersham & Wycombe College (Costume Design and Marketing Material / Strategy)
- Hannah Davis, Amersham & Wycombe College (Set Design and Marketing Material / Strategy)
- Jade Katz, Amersham & Wycombe College (Costume Design)
- Ria Ma, North Hertfordshire College (Set Design)
- Sophia Westmoreland, Leeds City College (Set Design)
- Michael Humphries, North Hertfordshire College (Set Design)
Debbie Norman, Fashion Tutor at Grimsby Institute, said of the competition:
“The opportunity for our Costume students to design for such a renowned company as the Royal Opera House really is once-in-a-lifetime. The feedback they’ve got from these experienced professionals has motivated and inspired them, and now they can envisage what it would really be like to work with world-renowned companies as professional designers.”