Costume and Performance Design

Katerina Lawton

Lecturer (HE) – Costume and Performance Design

• Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Higher Education) and Certificate in Education (Higher Education) The Art Institute at Bournemouth. • The Arts Institute at Bournemouth studied BA (Hons) Costume for the Screen and Stage. • Visagino Polytechnic College, Visaginas, Lithuania. Diploma Course in Dressmaking and Tailoring.

Biography

Katerina trained in tailoring and dressmaking in Lithuania, before coming to the UK. After studying costume at the AUB, Katerina worked in the industry specialising in period costume for film and also tailoring at Glyndebourne Opera. Katerina joined the teaching staff at AUB with a focus on the delivery of both tailoring and dressmaking with an emphasis on enhancing the students fine sewing skills. Katerina uses her extensive experience in pattern drafting and cutting to work with the students in a wide range of period styles. Katerina’s research interests include 1940’s and 1950’s female tailoring and the development of women’s wear since World War Two.

Professional memberships

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. (HEA) (2008–present)

Research Specialism

• Katerina’s research interests includes 1940’s and 1950’s female tailoring and the development of women’s wear since World War Two. This research explored various 1950’s pattern drafting for dress making and tailoring.

Currently Katerina is researching classical 1830’s and 1890’s pattern drafting in tailoring. Interpreting this classical instruction to a modern day approach while maintaining the classical authenticity of this mysterious art. Using modern tooling and fulfilling the void of knowledge that was assumed by tailors of that day, in order for the patterns to be understood. 

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