2010 has been an amazingly successful year for graduates of the BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design course at Arts University Bournemouth.

Alison Beard, who graduated from the Costume course in 2002, is celebrating after popular BBC dramaReturn to Cranford, for which she is Costume Supervisor, received a coveted Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles this summer.

Francis Campbell, who graduated earlier this year, has been named as the recipient of The Costume Society’s prestigious Patterns of Fashion award, for his historically accurate creation of an afternoon dress, circa 1913/4 (below right). Francis has also worked for the BBC creating costumes for the forthcoming Victoria drama The Crimson Petal and the White.

2010 graduate Richelle Rudeen has been recognised for her work by the prominent World of Wearable Art awards (WOW) in New Zealand. Richelle was named as the winner of the Avant Garde section, and the People’s Choice award, for her circus-themed creation The Ring Mistress (below). Voting was open to 43,000 audience members and Richelle was the overall winner. She was presented with £2500 prize money and her garment will become part of the WOW museum?s permanent collection in Wellington.

Rebecca Pride, Course Leader BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design, commented: “This has been a great year for the course. Alison Beard’s Emmy really defines what this course is all about – hard work and determination to reach individual career goals. We are justly proud of the extremely high proportion of our graduates now working in the creative industries in the UK and worldwide.”

BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design are planning a number of exciting collaborative projects this year including creating costumes for The Lighthouse theatre in Poole, The Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds and The Royal National Theatre.