Shakespeare's Globe Costumes Go On Show In Nottingham

By Culture24 Staff | 28 November 2008
A picture of three women on stage wearing the type of Jacobean costumes designed by Jenny Tiramini for productions at Shakespeare's Globe

Costumes by Jenny Tiramani for The Winter's Tale at Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: Andy Bradshaw

Shakespeare lovers will be able to examine costumes used by Shakespeare’s Globe in a new display launching at Nottingham Trent University on Monday.

The Dressing Shakespeare exhibition will showcase outfits created by Trent graduate Jenny Tiramani, a former Director of Theatre Design for the world-famous theatre, along with original 17th century clothing artefacts and glimpses into the elaborate process of dressing the actors.

The costume and stage designer won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for the Globe’s production of Twelfth Night in 2003, as well as the Sam Wanamaker Award for Contribution to Shakespeare in Performance last year.

A picture of a woman having her Jacobean corset-style dress adjusted

Juliet Rylance being dressed as Perdita in The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare's Globe, 2005. Costume design by Jenny Tiramani, image by Anais Abel

The university’s Kate Burnett, who is Honorary Secretary of the Society of British Theatre Designers, said: “I have been fascinated by Jenny’s exquisite work in the SBTD exhibitions and have been keen to make it available to students here in the School of Art and Design.

“Jenny is a graduate of ours and it is tremendous that she is bringing the rigour of her historical research as well as her aesthetic and imaginative skills as a designer back here to enrich the study of costume crafts and design.

“Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see close up the fabrics and detail of exquisitely made Elizabethan costumes as well as period patterns and videos of the complex process of dressing actors in these sumptuous clothes."

The exhibition opening coincides with an inaugural lecture on costumes and clothing by Tiramani to celebrate the start of her stint as visiting professor at the university, working with students on the Theatre Design and Film and Television Design courses.

The Dressing Shakespeare exhibition runs from December 1 to January 21, open Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm. Admission is free

Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham, 0115 848 8774

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