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Fashion Student wins Royal Opera House design prize

A City of Liverpool College student has won a national competition to redesign costumes for an internationally-renowned opera, first performed in Italy in 1904.

Design student, Charlotte Richardson, beat off thousands of competitors from around the country to take first prize in the contest, which required entrants to reimagine the costumes of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

Her winning kimono was chosen from finalists in the Costume Design category of the 2017 Design Challenge, organised by the Royal Opera House.

Charlotte has been studying Production Arts Costume (Level 3) at the College’s dedicated Arts campus on Myrtle Street since September last year. She said: “Madame Butterfly is such a famous opera and it was exciting to look at it with fresh eyes. The themes are of love and betrayal, and seeing how to express them through design was a challenge. Costumes shouldn’t take the lead but they should assist in telling the story and supporting the director’s vision.”

The competition is aimed at the next generation of aspiring set and costume designers, makers and marketing specialists to create the opera and test design skills to show a vision for future productions.


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  1. Jane King

    Well done Charlotte!!

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