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Liz trained in the art of Costume Construction at the prestigious Theatre Wardrobe Course at Liverpool’s City College (formally Mabel Fletchers). She first started working for the Costume with Textiles course in 2006. Prior to this she was the Costume supervisor at Bretton Hall College (1995-1998) and ran Costume construction projects for The University of Leeds(1998-2003)

Although her main career path is now within education she has had a wealth of experience both in live theatre work, film and television. She worked as a freelancer costume maker for many prestigious companies and still maintains close contacts with the industry. Theatre work includes: Sheffield Crucible, Manchester Library and Forum Theatres, Wexford Opera Festival, City of Birmingham Touring Opera, Oldham Coliseum, D’Oyle Carte Opera Company, York Theatre Royal, Northern Ballet, Janet Smith Dance company, Theatre Clwyd, Film and television include: Angels Costumiers, Boda Television, SC4 and The BBC.

She has covered all aspects of costume work: pattern cutting, making and fitting costumes and accessories, wigs dressing and fitting, dye-ing and breaking down, Millinery, leather and fiberglass work, mask making along with organisation and maintenance of costume during production for theatre, touring, film and television.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Concept of the costume store as a living archive
  • The changing relationship between costume and clothing in terms of preservation, performance, research and education.

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Research Output 2014 2016

Second skin: Investigating the production of contoured patterns for the theatrical costume industry

Garland, E. & Almond, K. 2016 In : Costume. 50, 1, p. 90-113 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Theatrical Costumes
Pattern cutting
1 Citations


Bate, T. & Garland, L. 1 Sep 2014 In : Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. 7, 3, p. 403-413 11 p.

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