AGM - Designing Costume for Stage and Screen

AGM - Designing Costume for Stage and Screen

Saturday 06 February 2016

We have so many talented people who have made their home in the west of England and it is always wonderful to discover someone new.

Deirdre Clancy lives in Wiltshire and is the holder of two of the highest honours in British drama, the Olivier Award for Best Stage Costume Design and the BAFTA for Best Film Costume Design (Mrs Brown 1996). She has worked on over 150 theatre, opera and ballet productions in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. In 2007 she was invited to design historically informed costumes for new productions of the classic nineteenth century Danish ballet Napoli in both Prague and Moscow. Alongside her amazing career working with the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Metropolitan Opera New York to name but a few she has also written a number of costume books the most recent being Costume since 1945(pub. 2015) and Designing Costume for Stage and Screen (pub. 2014).

Clancy will tell us of her life as a costume designer and bring along some of her designs. This will be an amazing opportunity to meet a renowned figure in the world of theatre costume design.

This talk, A History of Performance Costume covers the stage wear of all sorts of performers from C6th BC Greek drama up to the C20th. Many illustrations take us via Mediaeval mystery plays, the Commèdia del’Arte, the plays of Shakespeare, royal masques, the progresses of the French and English courts, Restoration drama and Victorian realism up to the glorious fantasies of the Ballet Russe. More of the C20th will be examined if time permits.

Clancy will look at period fashion in costume and times when contemporary clothes were worn on stage, also examining such ideas as realism, naturalism and ‘period costume’ and think about what it is actually intended to express.

The few images of actual costumes are charming reminders of the difference between intention and reality.

The report on this event is included in the Spring 2016 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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