The line, the stitch and the Wardrobe

Students from Huddersfield University visited Birmingham Royal Ballet in March 2012. They were treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Hobson’s Choice wardrobe.

The Victorian-era costumes were of particular interest to the students who have been studying Hobson’s Choice as part of their BA Costume Design with Textiles degree. As part of their studies, they have been designing historical costumes for a ballet interpretation of the story and were keen to come and experience Birmingham Royal Ballet's wardrobe department first-hand.

Who better to talk to therefore than Lili Sobieralska, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Head of Wardrobe, who was able to provide a fascinating insight into the elements involved in creating and maintaining costumes for ballet.

Students also went to see the Hobson’s-themed Pointe Blank graphic illustrators’ exhibition.

Of course, the day would not have been complete without seeing the production itself; a day which provided plenty of inspiration for the development of the students' work as you can see from the gallery of their work to the right.

'It was a fantastic day and the students got lots from it. It was great to engage with such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of staff'

Lara Booth, Costume and Textiles Lecturer, Huddersfield University