Over the last few weeks, two third-year students from the BA (Hons) Design for Performance course have been in and out of the Archives, taking the opportunity to browse our collections. Not only have they learnt all about the challenges of exhibiting archival material, but they've also gained valuable experience in selecting works to meet a particular brief and faced the challenges of mounting and framing them. However, I'll let them speak for themselves. Alessia Mallardo said that
'my involvement in Cabinets of Costume as a collaborative designer has been a gratifying experience, but first and foremost I have mainly enjoyed discovering the meticulously detailed and beautiful archival material to exhibit.'
These sentiments were echoed by her colleague Rachel Shore, who said
'I have really enjoyed the opportunity to engage with the archives. A lot of the costume designs we have seen from the archive are from the Theatre Design course, which is now my course - Design for Theatre, Performance and Events. It has been an amazing experience to be able to look at and engage with the history of my course and the costume design course. It is also interesting to see how techniques have changed or remained similar over the years and with the advancement of technology.'
Both of them felt that the project had helped in the development of their careers as designers after graduation.