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Fay Fullerton

Costume designer


Costume designer Fay Fullerton was Head of Costume at the Royal Opera House until September 2020. She joined the costume department as a Costumier in 1977, was promoted to Head of Production Costume in 1999 and appointed to her Head of Costume position in 2013. Her original costume designs for The Royal Ballet include for Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth.

Fullerton studied fashion design and period costume at the London College of Fashion, and on graduation began her career at the Royal Opera House. Her other costume designs include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on the West End, Will Tuckett’s work for Van Cleef and Arpels and uniforms for the Olympic Journey Museum at the Royal Opera House, 2012.

Fullerton’s awards include the Kulture2Couture Trailblazer Award, an initiative of the Mayor of London; an Honorary Fellowship from Exeter University for her contribution to arts and the theatre (2008); and an MBE for her services to dance and opera (2010).

News and features

How the ROH Costume department create Tudor costumes for Elizabeth that are light enough to dance in

6 January 2016
How the ROH Costume department create Tudor costumes for <em>Elizabeth</em> that are light enough to dance in

Head of Costume Fay Fullerton on the challenges of re-creating Elizabethan costumes for 21st-century ballet.