Being a Costume Supervisor for Dance
What To Expect?
What are the key skills you need to costume some of the biggest dance shows in the world? Managing hundreds of wigs, costumes and dance shoes is not an easy task. Lydia McDonald will talk you through designs, fittings, maintenance and how you tour the world with some of the industry's most fabulous costumes and high-profile productions as a costume department. You can also expect to hear about, varying career options within a costume and wardrobe department, tips on how to get into a career in costume, the role dance has on costume choices and design, how this differs from non-dance based shows and the impact this has on the decision made when making and fitting costumes, how dance shoes are decided on and where the thought processes come from, tackling problems with dance costumes from a maintenance point of view and much more!
Wardrobe Supervisor, 42nd Street, Prince of Egypt, Spice Girls World Tour
Lydia trained at Edinburgh's Telford College in Theatre Costume Interpretation and after her first pantomime season moved to London. She started her career as Costume Junior in film, firstly on Justin Kurzel's Macbeth and then on The Women in Gold directed by Simon Curtis. Following this Lydia worked on several short films and a BBC series before finally heading to the West End in 2015 as a dresser on Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. From there Lydia went on to discover buying and costume supervising as career options and subsequently worked as an assistant on Motown, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita at Regents park, 42nd Street, Everyone's Talking About Jamie and most recently on The Prince of Egypt. As Supervisor, Lydia has worked on several productions with Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, The Snowman for 4 consecutive years, Six, and the Spice Girls : Spice World Tour 2019.