Pre Form



Throughout history and Edinburgh’s well-known art festivals, the city seems to have drama inherently imbedded into it, with ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘performance’ terms often associated with one another. ‘People are both performers and viewers. The living individuals who interact with life make the city space a true drama. Performance is a never-ending topic shared by the city and its people.

This costume collaboration integrates a network of related, contextual resources in Scotland. It fills in the missing links in the country’s costume terrain, especially in relation to engagement between practitioners and the public. The proposals provide improved studio areas for costume designers and makers, with support areas in relation to a variety of materials and making techniques. Within this bespoke environment, spaces are also provided for designers to meet potential colleagues from different fields during the creative design processes.

In the heart of historic Edinburgh, the site is filled with history, art and drama, and makes for a transparent and visible space for the public and practitioners. It exposes exciting backstage glimpses of Scottish theatre, and shows the real contrast and work processes between these drama-makers’.

Functional arrangements are based around the four main making and design processes for costumes, as outlined above. The logical yet effortless flow allows visitors to learn about these processes whilst being immersed in the experience.


Giselle’s proposal mirrors costume’s dynamic nature by creating a space filled with flow throughout. Structural shapes are inspired by the movements created from garments as seen in her early sketches and test models. ‘Theatrical costumes are in constant flux, continuously changing according to different sets, stories, characters’ personalities, and their varying emotions. Costume designers and the public will be engaged together in this backstage look at performance.’


By cleverly separating designers’ and the publics’ access routes in parallel, Giselle has created a space which transforms live work into a moving and genuine exhibition. Generous yet ordered, professionals and pieces have room to breathe in a space which was made for them. Display content corresponds with the archive corridor and is replaced regularly to keep the collection current. Connecting with the site’s context, the exhibition would also resource its pieces from Costume Society Scotland, Bedlam Theatre, The Lyceum and other practitioners in Scotland.

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