Published on October 30, 2012 | by Billie-Jade Thomas

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A royal appointment for Wimbledon students

Students from Wimbledon College of Art

Wimbledon students set to be the next Royal designers [The Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II]

Theatre Design students from the Wimbledon College of Art have been invited to take part in an exhibition at Buckingham Palace next May.

The collaborative project between Wimbledon and the Royal Collection Trust will involve more than 100 second and third year students  studying Costume Design and Interpretation.

They will produce outfits and garments inspired by paintings for the upcoming exhibition: In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion.

The exhibition will also include over 60 paintings and 20 miniatures from the Royal Collection.

Anna Reynolds, curator of paintings at the Royal Collection, has already met some of the students taking part. Speaking to Arts London News about the exhibition, she said:

“I have always been interested in historical fashion. I would say that the 16th and 17th centuries are particularly interesting as it could be said that it is the point at which modern fashion was born. For the first time a desire to be fashionable was openly expressed.

“I am really excited to get this across to a group of people who are not typical visitors of the Gallery. The students that I have met so far seem really keen and I am really excited to see how the project develops, as it has been two and a half years in the making”

Royal Guests


The project, “which is still in its very early stages”, according to Pathway Leader for Costume Interpretation, Elizabeth Dawson, will see students create historically accurate reconstructions of Tudor and Stuart fashion, alongside their own interpretations.

“I am really excited to get this across to a group of people who are not ‘typical’ visitors of the Gallery. The students that I have met so far seem really keen and I am really excited to see how the project develops, as it has been two and a half years in the making” Anna Reynolds

The outfits themselves will later be modelled in a fashion show at the Queen’s Gallery, which will be attended by Royal guests.

Speaking about her involvement in the project, second year Costume Interpretation student, Chloe Cammidge, said: ‘Taking part in the project will be a massive workload, but it’s a great opportunity for us, especially as our final work will be shown at Buckingham Palace.

“I will be creating a 1620s garment inspired by Queen Henrietta Maria of France, which my friend will be modelling.

“I’m really excited to be taking part and am looking forward to seeing the final result,” Cammidge said.

In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion will be taking place at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from May 10-October 6, 2013. For more information about the collaboration visit www.royalcollection.org.uk

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