Katie Ireland FdA Costume for Theatre, TV & Film
Various characters from The Snow Queen

Katie Ireland

Katie Ireland

FdA Costume

Katie is graduating from the FdA course and is progressing on to the one year BA top up course.

Katie previously studied A level Film, Art and Product Design, with an EPQ in post-apocalyptic costume design and costume breakdown. During her time at BOVTS, Katie has embraced a wide range of costume roles and skills such as costume construction and supervision within theatre and film. Katie is passionate and proficient in costume breakdown, ombre dying and airbrushing combined with textile surface decoration. She is keen to further develop skills in latex and blood effects. The second year tailoring project as part of the specialist skills module has inspired Katie’s interest in period menswear. Katie is keen to explore opportunities to further her knowledge and practices.

Alongside her studies Katie has undertaken workroom placements at Bristol Costume Services, Watford Palace Theatre, and as a Costume breakdown trainee for HBO’s Avenue 5.

Supervision: Macbeth (Theatre in Education tour 2020), Scenes Shoot for Graduate Showreel (Film Project 2019), Richard III (Film Project 2020).

Costume Maker & Textile Artist: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Bristol Old Vic 2019, The Snow Queen (Redgrave Theatre 2019), The Laramie Project (Bristol Old Vic Studio 2019), Her Naked Skin (Circomedia 2020)

Assistant/Dresser: The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare (Bristol Tour in Education 2019), Let The Right One In (Circomedia 2019), The Dissociation of Shirley Mason (Bristol Old Vic 2019), Orca (Bristol Old Vic 2019), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Bristol Old Vic 2019)




Action shot of various actors performing a scene from Macbeth, surrounding a figures in a crown Costume


Costume Supervision, dye and breakdown for the Theatre In Education tour.

Designed by Charlotte Cooke

Photo by Edward Felton

Left photo of actress wearing The Snow Queen blue white dress and crown, right close up photo of actress wearing crown The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Edwardian inspired dress, ombré dyed blue, with a combination of airbrush and hand painting of the snowflake and ice spike effects on the cape and skirt. The crown was made with heat formed Worbla, painted and sewn into the wig.

‘The Snow Queen’ performed by Heloise Lowenthal

Wig styled by Becky Davies

Designed by Bronia Housman

Photographs by Edward Felton

Left photo of smart black dinner jacket on mannequin, right close up of jacket detail on mannequin Costume

1830’s Tailoring Project

Evening tailcoat featuring a satin notched collar and contrast green tail lining.

Tailored to fit Mark Milligan

Designed by Edoardo Lelli

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Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student