Charlie Rowen FdA Costume for Theatre, TV & Film

Charlie Rowen

Charlie Rowen (she/her)

BA (Hons) Costume for Theatre, Film and Television

Charlie is a final-year Costume Production student specialising in Supervision. She has supervised costume for award-winning shows at the Harrogate Theatre and the Annex, assisted fittings at Bristol Old Vic and dressed on Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Theatre Royal, Bath). She recently completed a placement as Costume Assistant with Grange Park Opera.

BOVTS credits:
Costume supervisor:Catastrophe Bay, Macbeth (Bristol Old Vic)

Costume Maker: Pride and Prejudice (The Mount Without), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Station), Sammy and the Sea Morgans (TIE School’s Tour), Troilus & Cressida (Redgrave Theatre).

Costume Standby
: Sidelined (BOVTS TV)

Costume Assistant/Dresser: Far From the Madding Crowd (Redgrave Theatre), Absolute Scenes (The Marble Factory), Three Seagulls (Bristol Old Vic)

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Costume Supervision ‘ Catastrophe Bay’ (Bristol Old Vic)

Designed by Matthew Cassar, the debut of this new folk musical evoked the rough beauty of an isolated Cornish village in the 1830s. This required a good deal of research into the dress of working class people in the early 19th century, then a number of modifications to enable extremely fast quick changes between characters of different social classes.

Costume Supervision ‘Macbeth’ (BOV Weston Studio)

Designed by Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng, this highly ambitious production blended courtly Elizabethan attire with ancient Scots dress. The heavy use of blood and pieces of armour required a lot of experimentation, as did finding the exact right look for the great kilts, for which I dyed 40 metres of fabric. In the end the production required over 200 individual costume pieces.

Photography credit: Craig Fuller

Costume Maker ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (The Mount Without)

Regency muslin dress and over-dress, Designed by Olivia Jamieson. Both pieces were drafted on the stand based on an original period pattern, and made over the course of four weeks with a number of different Regency-era techniques, including piping, cartridge pleating, and gathering.

Photography credit: Craig Fuller

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Working relationships made at BOVTS often extend beyond the course, design commission rates are excellent, it’s fantastic to see the graduates embracing successful and rewarding careers as Performance Designers in a professional environment. Angela Davies, Head of Performance Design