“My final piece is Phillip II of Spain. I’d never done a male costume before, or worked from a period that far back. I thought I’d challenge myself by working from a portrait. I had to do all the research, pattern making and fabric sourcing, as well as learning how to construct it. I made a coat, doublet, trunk hose, codpiece and a shirt.
I’ve tried to keep it historically accurate. I’ve been to the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A. I went to the V&A archives to see some cloaks and have a look around. I worked with a girl who did the costume for his wife.
I started doing a Foundation. I came from France and went straight into the course. Getting into the production and specialist practice in second year was good. My favourite year was my final year. I managed to do so many costumes and learn so many things in such a short space of time.
Last year I had the chance to work in France for three weeks, and I’ve had an offer to go back. I’m going to have a bit of a break after that, then for the whole of October I’m going to Germany to work with the White Horse Theatre. I’d really love to travel as I work.
At the beginning of the year I did a work placement with the RSC, and I’d love the chance to work there.”