Performance Design

Mandy Barrington

Senior Lecturer – Costume and Performance Design

MA Costume Distinction, PGCE, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design 1st Class


Mandy is a Senior Lecturer in Costume at the Arts University College Bournemouth with a first class honours degree in Costume design and a Masters in Costume.  Mandy has been teaching our next generation of costume makers for over 17 years, she brings her professional experience to the BA (Hons) Costume course, leading costume construction across all aspects of the degree. 

Professional practice

Mandy has also taught internationally in Japan, Taiwan and America, delivering specialist courses in historical pattern cutting and costume making techniques as well as textiles to both costume and fashion students. She has also supported the university and international department through her promotional visits to the Far East. During the past three years Mandy has designed and led international bespoke study tours for costume professors and professionals.

Mandy has worked professionally making costumes for shows such as My Fair Lady at the National Theatre, London, the hit West End show Wicked, Sleeping Beauty at The Royal Opera House and for the BBC Birmingham production of Father Brown. Within her role of Senior lecturer she uses her experience of pattern drafting and garment construction to support the production of costumes for live projects, these have included the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony for the Sailing events, professional theatre productions at The National Theatre, London, The Theatre Royal, Winchester, Angel Exit Theatre Company, Dorset Corset Theatre Company, The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Oxford Playhouse and as well as in house productions with BA Acting.

Mandy has a passion for applying her practical approach to the creative arts and has worked to develop a pattern system that supports the creation of historical patterns for a modern body shape, this vital ongoing research has furthered her knowledge and pedagogic practice. This has led to a second publication on pattern drafting, titled ‘Stays and Corsets Volume 2: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body’, published by Routlege in August 2018. 

Mandy is currently writing a third publication on historical underpinnings, titled ‘Below the Waist. Paniers, pocket hoops, crinolines and bustles’, with a planned release date in 2021.

Professional memberships

  • The Higher Education Academy (2004)


  • Aubrieta Award for teaching excellence (2019)
  • Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (2018)
  • Podium Award Silver (2012)
  • Podium Award Bronze (2012)
  • Heacf volunteering awards for outstanding achievementy and commitment (2005)

Research Specialism

Having completed her Masters Degree in 2014 Mandy has continued her research into historical pattern drafting producing a series of pattern instructions that support the production of accurate garments. Her book ‘Stays and Corsets: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body’, was published by Focal Press in December 2016 and is used to teach our next generation of costume makers. Mandy has completed a second volume of ‘Stays and Corsets’ released on August 2018, and is currently writing a third book on historical underpinnings, titled ‘Below the Waist. Paniers, Pocket Hoops, Crinolines and Bustles’, with a planned release date in 2021.

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