Isabel Cope BA Costume for Theatre, TV & Film

Isabel Cope

Isabel Cope

BA (Hons) Costume for Theatre, Film and Television

Isabel Cope has completed the BA Hons Costume for Theatre, Film and Television course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

During her time at the school, she has grown passionate about historical costume which led her to focus on Women’s Sportswear in the 1890s. Isabel implemented her skills used in the FDA course to complete here three costumes, these included millinery, corsetry, pattern drafting, basic tailoring, Historical costume, dye and breakdown.

Isabel would like to further her knowledge in making in a workroom environment.


Costume Supervisor: The Laramie Project (BOV Weston Studio), Otis and Eunice (BOVTS), Poison (The Wardrobe Theatre), “Tomorrow” a short BOVTS film as a costume supervisor and standby.

Costume maker: Troilus and Cressida, The Snow Queen (The Redgrave Theatre), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (BOV)

Wardrobe assistant: Earthquakes in London (BOV Weston Studio), Mrs Beeton Says (The Redgrave Theatre), The Railway Children (The Redgrave Theatre), Clybourne Park (BOV Weston Studio).





3rd year project – Women’s Sportswear in the 1890’s – Tennis Dress

This is my Tennis dress, I blocked and trimmed the hat, I hand printed to tennis rackets on cotton lawn and hand embroidered the collar, yoke and sleeve frills. I wanted to show the little ways they made a seemingly impractical dress practical. Like how the hem is at least four inches off the ground. This dress was also made to show how women were ornaments in sport and never really taken seriously.)

Helen from Troilus and Cressida

A showmake for Troilus and Cressida. performed at The Redgrave Theatre, Directed by Gemma Fairlie and Designed by Trish Mantripp. Photographed by Craig Fuller.

3rd year project – Women’s Sportswear in the 1890’s – Golf Suit

This Golf suit was to show the middle ground of practical and impractical garments that were around at the time, also how men’s tailoring was being integrated into women’s costumes at the time. I took heavy inspiration from hunting and hiking suits from the time. Many would go to Scotland for these activities, so I wanted to create a spring and winter set. That is why I chose the classic shirtwaist which was very popular at the time and skirt with inbuilt petticoat.

3rd year project – Women’s Sportswear in the 1890’s – Cycling Suit

This is the cycling suit I created based off the rational dress of the time. The rational dress was considered “extreme” and very political at the time. I wanted to show the most practical clothing women could wear, even though they would have been ridiculed at the time because of it. Many women went on cycling tours of Europe and would wear garments like this and blend in but when they got back to Britain, they would get verbal and physical abuse for it.

I find it immensely satisfying passing on the baton and continuing the culture of generosity of the many people who taught me. It’s a privilege and pleasure to nurture and teach so many talented young people and see them flourish in their career. Cathy Stewart, Head of Scenic Art