Costume Design alumni stories
Some of our graduates talk about how the MET launched their careers
"Since graduating I have become a full-time, freelance costume maker. The tutors at the MET taught me to believe in my skills and gave me the courage to be able to approach new employers. As the result, I am currently employed in a workroom making a range of costumes for men, women and children who feature in theatre, film and TV, including productions such as The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserables. Thanks to my time on the course I have the ability and knowledge to adapt to any adjustments and keep up with an everchanging workroom. My time at the MET was fundamental to progressing in my career. I can't thank the tutors enough for their dedication and unfaltering encouragement. I can't imagine having done this any other way."
"I completed my BA in 2013, and the MET's excellent professional contacts helped me to immediately step into making costumes for stage productions of The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, and lots of other lovely theatre work. I also have had the privilege of doing a few film costumes, with Beauty and the Beast, Dr Strange, Dumbo, Mary Queen of Scots, The Crown, Emma, Artemis Fowl, The Eternals, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 and 3 included in my CV. My experience at the MET was of deeply passionate and generous tutors who are the best (and the best contacts!) in their field. Ralph, Jane and Janey are absolute legends."
"Since graduating, have worked on productions including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End, Melbourne and Toronto), Mary Queen of Scots (2019), All is True (2019), House of the Dragon (TBC), His Dark Materials (2020) and my most recent work was on the sixth series of Peaky Blinders. When I began the costume course at the MET, I had never made a costume before and within the years I studied there, I achieved so much. The course is focussed on industry sewing skills, design skills, breaking down processes and wardrobe supervising, allowing you to explore all aspects of costume before you decide on the best pathway for you. It is fast-paced, which accurately reflects the speed and precision that you need when working in industry. The tutors that you work with take time to get to know you and where your best skills and interests lie. They are wonderful teachers who still work in the industry, meaning that their skills and knowledge are relevent and up-to-date with what is going on. There are so many snippets of lessons and conversations from my time at the MET that still come back to me now when I am working in industry. I left completely prepared for the industry with the contacts, skills and knowledge that I still use every day."
"I graduated in 2019 and was lucky enough to progress straight into a job at Chichester Festival Theatre as a Wardrobe Dresser for the rest of their season. I have been fortunate to be a principle dresser on productions such as Oklahoma and Macbeth and have worked with actors such as John Simm, Dervla Kirwan and Josie Lawrence - and also securing my position for another season. The course allowed me to discover my own confidence and talent and was able to prepare me to go out into the professional world. I was able to develop my skills massively and was given complete support throughout the duration of the course. I have a lot to thank the teaching staff for."
"I am a costume maker. After graduating, I made costumes for stage and I now mostly work within the film industry. The costume course at the MET is a good all-rounder. You will learn a base of important knowledge such as garment construction while discovering the various roles of a costume department in order to understand it fully. It is taught by the best tutors that have an integral part in the industry, which makes it even more relevant and encouraging. They get you ready for the real world of employment."
Jack Oliver Hopkins
"Since graduating, I pursued costume tailoring and have worked making principle costumes for feature films including Cinderella, Aladdin, Downton Abbey, Maleficent 2, Artemis Fowl and James Bond: No Time To Die. I’ve also made for television series including Doctor Who and upcoming Netflix productions. The course gave me huge insight into all aspects of the costume industry. The massively inspiring and knowledgable tutors are working professionals in their fields, which gave me an up-to-date view on the industry. The chance to use such a wide range of facilities on the course gave me the freedom to experiment and explore different mediums and develop my own creativity. With such amazing guidance this inspired me to be true to myself and confident with my work. The skills I left this course with were countless from costume tailoring & collaboration work to running productions & hand embroidery. I left with both a huge knowledge and portfolio (and some great friends)."
"I graduated in 2016 with a degree in costume design. The course has helped me greatly to pursue my career in costume and I couldn’t have asked for better tutors who gave me the support and inspiration to achieve my goals. I was able to get hands-on, one-to-one learning during my time at the MET and I have gained valuable skills and knowledge to enable me to work within the arts industry and become a freelance worker. I was able to experiment with ideas working closely with other students from within different departments which has immensely helped me progress throughout my journey in the industry so far. During my last year at the MET, I worked with the amazing Jane Grimshaw on many projects and once I had graduated I worked with her pretty much full time as a workroom assistant for numerous years on exciting West End productions and films such as Mary Queen of Scotts and Mamma Mia 2. Through Jane, I made some fantastic connections and worked with Linzi Park, Jamie Attle and Ingrid Pryer. In addition to this work I have also worked for Wendy Benstead Costume and Clothing as a workroom assistant and as a representative of the team on off-site bookings, which was something very different but a lot of fun. After this I decided that I would like to have more experience of working within a theatre so I applied to be a dresser at Chichester Festival Theatre for the 2018 season. This was a fabulous experience and my sewing knowledge and skills really helped me progress in this role. After Chichester I moved to London and became Wardrobe Mistress with Evolution Productions for St Albans 2018 Pantomime. I continued my dressing career with the English National Opera on several shows and even toured Paul Bunyan at Alexandra Palace. I am now currently working in New Zealand for Pop-up Globe in various positions such as dresser, workroom assistant and supervisor. The amazing tutors at the MET have enabled me to get to where I am today and the course itself has opened the door for me to endless opportunities. I would not be where I am now, with the experience under my belt, fantastic connections in the industry and with the future prospects ahead of me and I am grateful for all of this and the journey I have professionally been on since graduating, which is all thanks to my unforgettable time at the MET and the staff who have supported me. The course has given me the skills, the support and inspiration to pursue my career in theatre and to try new roles/jobs without being scared to make the next jump up or in a different direction in order to progress in this vibrant journey within costume."