South Essex College Costume students work on The Crown

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Costume students work on The Crown

TALENTED Costume Construction graduates from University Centre South Essex have been working on the popular Netflix hit show, The Crown.

Layan Flitcroft and Gabrielle Bean, both studied on the centre’s prestigious BA (Hons) Costume Construction degree based at High House Production Park in Purfleet.

Gabby has been working in the principal women’s workroom while Layan was in alterations, both sections within the program’s costume department.
Layan, 22, from Stanford-Le-Hope, has also been involved with the Mamma Mia dinner dance show at the O2 and the English National Opera. She is also currently working on a new Netflix production, but details are being kept under wraps until the show is released.

She said: “Our tutors were so interested and invested in what we were doing, they really wanted us to achieve. The support has been fantastic and I’m so glad I did this degree as I wouldn’t have the contacts or opportunities I have now.”

Gabrielle, 21 from Brentwood added: “There weren’t many courses that could solely offer construction for costume and this became a big selling point for me. The tutors were such a big part of my experience. They made it enjoyable and we were able to create relationships with them that enabled us to feel comfortable, but also learn so much from all their knowledge of the industry.”

The costume course is unique as it has been produced in collaboration with the Royal Opera House. Students learn about design, pattern cutting and garment production techniques for both historical and contemporary costumes.

For more information about the degree, visit www.southessex.ac.uk/university-centre

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