I am a costume designer and maker for performance and films. I grew up in Florence, Italy, where I studied pattern cutting and garment technology at Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing. I hold an MA in Costume Design for Performance from London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.
My practice concerns the relationship between the performer's movement and the costume and how a costume’s transformation, caused by an interaction with the performer, can express meaning. In this way, the costume becomes closer to a piece of art rather than just a piece of clothing and it is through performance that this research comes to life.
I worked at the beginning of my career for the Italian Choreographer and Venice Biennale Dance Director Virglio Sieni. This gave me an awareness of new forms of communication through the body and movement, and how these can relate more closely to the world of costume. The demands of making costumes for a moving body have challenged and inspired me throughout my career.
I have constructed the vast majority of the costumes I have designed for performance, this knowledge of making has given me the key to understand clothing in depth and has provided me with freedom of expression. Researching new materials for wearables has been an ongoing fascination for me and took me into a yearlong collaboration with Studio XO, a leading fashion technology studio where I was the link between clothing and engineering. Here I worked on projects for Lady Gaga and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance among others.
My current work investigates the way materials transform and behave, and how these can be used to represent the human condition. I analyse the meaning that materials hold and how these properties can feed into the narrative of performative clothing.
2016. ‘Critical Costume: a conference and exhibition where theory and practice come together’. Review in Studies in Costume and Performance, edited by Donatella Barbieri, Sofia Pantouvaki, Kate Dorney and Nadia Malik (Bristol, Intellect) pp.129-132
Costume work for films includes:
2016. Costume Maker, Mary Magdalene, Italy, (Designer Jacqueline Durran, Director Garth Davis) (Forthcoming)
2016. Costume Prop Modeller, Alien: Covenant, Shepperton Studios - Pinewood, London, UK, (Designer Janty Yates, Director Ridley Scott)
2015. Costume Prop Modeller, Doctor Strange, Longcross Film Studios, London, UK, (Designer Alexandra Byrne, Director Scott Derrickson)
2015. Costume Maker, Beauty and the Beast, Shepperton Studios (Pinewood), London, UK, (Designer Jacqueline Durran, Director Bill Condon)
2014. Costume Maker, The Martian, Pinewood Studios, London and Korda Studios, Budapest, UK, (Designer Janty Yates, Director Ridley Scott)
2014. Costume Maker, Pan, Warner Bros Studios Leavesden, London, UK, (Designer Jacqueline Durran, Director Joe Wright)
Costume Exhibition includes:
2016. Desenhos de Cena #1, Sesc Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
2015. Costume at the Turn of the Century, A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow, Russia
2015. Critical Costume 2015, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
2012. Human Performances, Clerkenwell Design Week, Haworth, London, UK
2011. Amsterdam Fashion Week, GlassWorks, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Costume Practice includes:
2015. Workshop Leader and Co-research, ‘Wearing Space: Physical Exploration Through Movement and Objects’, Prague Quadrennial, Prague, CZ, (Principal Investigator Donatella Barbieri, Co-researcher Mary Kate Connolly)
2012-13. Fashion Technology Integration Manager, Studio XO – Fashion Technology Studio, London, UK
2012. Costume Designer and Maker, Beyond – the Looking Glass, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, UK, (Director Karla Shacklock)
2012. Costume Designer and Maker, Revolution in Costume, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, (Curator Donatella Barbieri)
2012. Costume Designer and Maker, Ni Una Mas, LaMaMa Umbria, Spoleto, Italy, (Director Nerina Cocchi)
2011. Costume Designer and Maker, Nobody, Productiehuis Brabant, Den Bosch, Netherlands / Divaldeni Flora, Olomouc, CZ, (Chorographer Lucia Petrusova)
2008. Costume Designer and Maker, La Bambola di Carne, Venice Biennale Dance, Venice, Italy / The Place, London, UK, (Director Letizia Renzini)
Selected talks titled: ‘Digital Technology as a New Material in Costume Design’
2014. London College of Fashion, Research Hub, London UK
2014. Arts University Bournemouth, BA Costume for Performance, Bournemouth, UK
2013. Theatre Museum, Finnish OISTAT Centre, Helsinki, Finland
2013. World Stage Design – Costume in Action, Cardiff, UK