Laura Holland

Laura Holland

MakerLondon, United Kingdom
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Laura Holland

Laura Holland

MakerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I've made costumes for stage and screen for the last 27 years on a freelance basis- ranging from the Royal Opera House to tiny fringe theatres. I have costumed beggars and kings, turned men into dogs and statues and made a man pregnant- it's not a sensible job! Now I want to take my skills to a wider public, so I am building a bespoke ladies fashion brand focussing on women over 50 and sustainability.
Projects
  • Alice in Wonderland
    Alice in WonderlandI made this costume to brighten the dull days of lockdown- I wanted an iconic character and I lifted the design from the original Tenniel drawings. Another plus is that I knew I had all the fabrics I needed from my stash and charity shop fins. I felt we were all down the rabbit hole a little- so it felt appropriate.
  • Sustainable fashion competition entry
    Sustainable fashion competition entryI entered a sustainable fashion design competition- only drawings were necessary but I have always been a maker first and foremost- so I made my design up and photographed it, made with almost zero waste, it is 100% cotton in construction, so simplicity itself to recycle. It is interlined rather than lines so has no interfacing or haberdashery, except a draw string in the skirt. The interlining is plain grey and the top is fully reversible. The skirt one the drawstring channel and one French sea
  • Restoration of a 1930's lace dress.
    Restoration of a 1930's lace dress.The dress was bought in Haight Ashbury San Francisco. It is Hollywood inspired, full length with a bolero jacket also in the lace, probably made by a costume maker like myself as a wedding dress.
Projects credited in
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Work history
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    Costume MakerFreelance
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    I started at the National Theatre then went freelance after 2 years. I have worked for most theatres in the London area at one time or another.
Skills
  • Costume Construction
  • Costume Cutting
  • Millinery
  • Teaching
  • Embellishment Techniques
  • Fabric Dying
  • Fabric Knowledge
  • Fabric Manipulation
  • Fabric Sourcing
  • Finishing Techniques
Education
    London College of Fashion, UAL logo
    London College of Fashion, UAL logo
    BA Theatre and Screen Costume InterpretationLondon College of Fashion, UAL
     - Oxford St, London, UK
    I was hugely lucky to study there when Willie Burt was course director- he had made major costumes for the Royal Opera house for years, and was gracious enough to give me a chance despite being a mature student without the relevant A levels. His deputy, and successor was Bridgid Stowbridge who had a similar CV with ENO- they were both wonderful teachers with brilliant contacts in theatre and opera.