Costume

National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London
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This event ended on Saturday 27th of June 2020
Admission

Free

Venue Information

National Theatre
South Bank, Belvedere Road, SE1 9PX

Nearest Stations

Temple 0.26 miles

Website

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/content/costume-national-theatre

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This new exhibition invites you into the world of the National Theatre’s Costume department – unique in the UK for being housed almost entirely on-site – which sources, constructs, repairs, alters, organises, dresses and maintains costumes for over 20 new theatre productions every year. The Costume Hire department circulates costumes – from its stock of 90,000 – to venues all over the country. This team of 46 people possess astonishing skills from producing muddy uniforms and fantastical giant caterpillars, to dressing an actor in a corset in under 60 seconds and eliminating stage blood from garments.

The exhibition features costumes from Follies, Antony & Cleopatra, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, wonder.land, Dara and War Horse, amongst other NT productions. The exhibition visits each part of the production process; from design to construction, sourcing and alterations, to dressing, repairs and laundering. Costume at the National Theatre has been curated by Aoife Monks and is designed by Tom Paris.

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