BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design alumna, Lottie Higlett, graduated this summer. She has since worked in several Wardrobe and Design roles in industry. We caught up with her about her career journey so far…
“I moved back to West Sussex once I graduated and have worked a variety of theatre jobs since then that have helped to kick start my career. My first paid job, which happened just after my final hand-in and before graduation, was working with theatre designer Ryan Dawson-Laight, as part of his creative team at the London Brit School’s graduating production ‘Land Mines’.
“I went on to work with Ryan again as his design assistant at the London Art Depot, for a dance showcase in June. Two days after graduation I then started work on the Chichester Festival Theatre’s (CFT) summer season shows as a dresser. I was lucky enough to be part of a brilliant in-house wardrobe team at the theatre, working on their production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ from July to August. At the same time I was also working on and off with Ryan on some of his design projects. He invited me to be part of his creative team for CFT Youth Theatre’s production of ‘Grimm Tales’, which was a promenade performance set at Goodwood’s Cass Sculpture Park in West Sussex.
“I continued to work at CFT throughout the season as part of their wardrobe and front of house team until I became the design assistant on the theatre’s production of ‘The Norman Conquests’. I worked during the ‘get in’ of the set which was designed by my father, Simon Higlett. I was also lucky enough to take part in a talk to the public at the theatre discussing how the set was created and built.
“I am currently in the process of designing the set and costumes for an opera ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ for a graduate production in the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music in London. I was contacted by the opera singer, Sir Thomas Allen, to see if I would be interested in working with him on a production that he will be directing opening in London next November. This week I have also started working as the deputy wardrobe assistant for the CFT Youth Theatre’s Christmas production, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, which will run through into the new year. I really don’t think I would have had the confidence to take this opportunity if it wasn’t for the Costume course at AUB and the tutors at Bournemouth.”
Lottie will be returning to AUB this academic year as a guest speaker, to talk to third year students about the role of wardrobe assisting and working in industry.