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Watch: A tutu masterclass with the ROH costume department

Exploring the engineering involved in costume construction and inspiring a group of young people.

By Bethan Rainforth

26 July 2016 at 12.28pm | 2 Comments

Working together with the British Fashion Council, the Royal Opera House delivered a tutu-making workshop to young students from the National Fashion & Business Saturday Club  at the Royal Opera House’s Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre at High House Production Park in Thurrock.

This film gives an insight into the workshop, delivered by Amanda Hall, Head of Thurrock Costume Workshop, and Frances Sorrell, Founder of the Saturday Club Trust, to a group of Fashion and Business students from Brighton. The students were able gain an insight into the world of tutu-making, the detailing of a costume, and the different stages a dance costume has to go through.

Frances Sorrell explains how the workshops are making a difference to young people:

'The idea of the club is to show people pathways into different sides of the creative industry,' she says.

Amanda Hall says she was impressed by the new ideas the students brought to the table, and the new perspectives they offered:

'I think they'd probably be surprised at the engineering that goes on in a costume,' she explains. 'They have to be very robust. I hope they go away knowing there's actually quite a lot more what a dance costume has to go through.'

The Royal Opera House and University of the Arts London work in partnership with South Essex College to offer a Costume Construction degree. This year's intake starts on 19 September - places may be available through Clearing.

This article has 2 comments

  1. I attended a short course with Amanda Hall a few years ago, and now run my own small business, Bluebird Tutus. It's a wonderful area of the Costume world and I love being in it!

  2. Jackie Reitzel responded on 31 May 2018 at 12:43am Reply

    I would love to take this class❤️❤️❤️❤️

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