Performance Design

Bunny Winter

Lecturer (HE) – Costume and Performance Design

BA (Hons) Performance - Acting. Mountview Consertvatoire for the Performing Arts; HND Costume Design for Stage and Screen. Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design

Biography

Bunny’s background is in theatre, film and television. She spent many years as a Wardrobe Mistress for various productions in the West End, Chichester and the Royal Festival Hall before working freelance as an assistant for the BBC and was Wardrobe Supervisor and Principal Dresser on the Oscar nominated Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noel). In various capacities, Bunny has worked with Philip Prowse, Tanya McCallin, Anthony Lamble, Alison Forbes Meyler, Peter McIntosh, Joe Ahearne, Christian Carion, Guillaume Canet, Loveday Ingram,  Alex Holt and for Ronnie Wood at The Ambassador’s Theatre on his solo show.  Bunny is also a theatrical milliner and studied the technique under the supervision of Jane Smith. Bunny still maintains her career in film and theatre as both a standby and consultant designer.

Professional practice

Bunny teaches costume design with a specialism in Film and TV. Through specialist sessions she covers: breaking down a script, character costume plots, continuity, call sheets, crew roles, life on set/location, etiquette, supervisor and designer roles, research, backstory and the effects of fabric, colour and pattern on screen. The students are then able to work with AUB Film to put this theoretical work into practice through live projects. Bunny is particularly interested in the development of backstory and its effect on the character wardrobe. Bunny has developed a number of workshops and lectures on this subject. In her lectures she establishes the importance of character realism using actual social and wardrobe ‘life’ journeys in order to understand the fictional.

Professional memberships

  • AUB Academic Board (2012–2015)

Awards

  • HEA Fellow (2015)

Research Specialism

Bunny is currently undergoing the final part of her MA entitled: Decoding the art form of the celluloid character: Is Costume Design devalued by society’s preconceived ideas regarding its impact on film narrative?

She recently designed costumes for a short film (Limit of the Land) for a collaborative film Produced and Directed by tutors at Ravensbourne College and with crew from Industry and students from AUB. The film will be released this summer.

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