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Sensational costume ‘Catwalk ’ set to be show stopper of 2011

This year, students from QMU’s Costume, Design and Construction degree are set to take the University’s annual Catwalk event to new heights with a jaw dropping show jam packed full of creative sparkle.

Now in its fourth year staff in the School of Arts and Social Sciences felt that previous Catwalk shows, although stunning, hadn’t realised their full potential. This year, bringing in a range of support from talented individuals across the University, the show is set to be bigger, bolder and even more flamboyant than previous years.

The larger scale event planned for 12 th May 2011 will showcase a stunning array of costumes created and modelled by students in the University’s subject area of Performing Arts. Designs will range from outlandish, glitzy and flashy creations to more sedate costumes suitable for a period drama. The breadth of work will reflect the Costume and Design students’ portfolio and will include large scale works as well as smaller pieces including hats and puppets.

Polly Lister, Lecturer in Costume Design explained: “Some of the costumes are quite complex. For example, one very clever creation designed for Princess Gronovia from The Hieroglyphic Tales by Horace Walpole, is an 18 th century costume. When the delicate princess walks onto the stage, her skirt with wide hand decorated panniers, suddenly opens to reveal a painted stage complete with tiny puppets that perform for everyone’s amusement. Another flowing fantasy costume, designed for the witch Sycorax from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is made from found objects including bird skulls and shells. Using prosthetics and make-up, Sycorax embodies both the young and the old witch and can magically transform on stage. A lot of thought has gone into these costumes are we are extremely proud at the level of creativity and originality which is coming across in the students’ work.”

Taking over the atrium area, which is the main thoroughfare of the purpose build modern campus, the promenade style show will maximise the use of the University’s interesting modern architecture. A drinks and canapés reception will also take place in the top tier of the atrium.

Dr Christine Bovis-Cnossen, Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Queen Margaret University, explained: “Catwalk 2011 is going to be a very unique event which reflects the artistic talent and originality of our Costume, Design and Construction students and blends their creativity with the modern University architecture and space.”

Dr Bovis-Cnossen concluded: “Catwalk 2011 allows us to make a clear statement about Queen Margaret University’s commitment to providing first class education provision in the performing arts.”

The audience is expected to include members of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Funding Council, arts’ industry professionals, senior academics from all over Scotland, as well as students’ families and the local community.



For more information on recent developments in drama provision at QMU, including the launch of new degree programmes,  our role in the  Scottish Drama Training Network, and expansion of our work in community theatre and research, see article in our in-house magazine, QM News. Together, these developments have secured our continuing role as one of the leaders in the provision of drama education in Scotland.   

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239, E:






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