Madi Barnicoat BA Costume for Theatre, TV & Film

Madi Barnicoat

Madi Barnicoat

BA (Hons) Costume for Theatre, Film and Television

During her graduating year of study Madi has focused on the detailing on costumes starting from dye and breakdown; to the construction and base of a costume; to embellishments and embroidery. During her time at BOVTS she has undertaken placements with: Avenue 5 (HBO); Crystal Maze USA (rdf West), The Witcher (Netflix) The Pale Horse, Ammonite and Scandal & Beauty (BBC Productions).

BOVTS Credits:

Costume Maker: Snow Queen (Redgrave Theatre), Earthquakes in London (BOV, Weston Studio), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby* (BOV)

Costume Supervision: Her Naked Skin* **(Circomedia), The Canterbury Tales (BOVTS Tour) *Dye and Breakdown ** Maker

Costume Assistant/Dresser: Mrs Beeton Says, The Railway Children (Redgrave Theatre), Clybourne Park (BOV, Weston Studio)




‘Anne Bonny’ – Designed by Benjamin Thapa (BOVTS Graduate 2020)

Somewhere in the Caribbean Sea, it’s the mid 1700’s and on the horizon you see a ship. The ship of the Infamous, Villainous, Anne Bonny. Madi has looked at tailoring her costume to be menswear garment; stolen and worn by a woman as Anne would have done in the time. Enhancing the costume with heavy breakdown.

‘Rapunzel Room Dress’ – Designed by @Sakizoillustrator (instagram)

Locked in her tower with only nature to provide the means, Rapunzel started making herself a new dress. Using only natural materials Madi has sourced her materials by foraging and upcycling. The undergarments including a corded shift and a half boned Reed stays to give structure to the ensemble.

‘Edwardian Cosmic Witch’ –  Designed by @chloe.z.arts (instagram).

In a world of magic and myth a coven of witches meets in the dead of night. Looking to their High priestess twinkling under the stars. Looking more into historical shapes, Madi has looked into the silhouette of an Edwardian figure of the early 1900’s, but keeping on her high fantasy theme this witch is complete with vintage wool, goldworked constellations and sparkling LED lights.

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice