Creative Director of Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison visits NIDA

25 July 2019

Creative Director Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison, with NIDA Master of Fine Arts (Design for Performance) student Phoebe Pilcher

It was with great excitement that NIDA hosted a special visit from Creative Director of Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison, who came to meet the next generation of creative artists in our Design for Performance, Costume, and Properties and Objects (‘props’) degrees.

Senior Lecturer Stephen Curtis led a tour through the graduate design studios, where Jillian met with our Master of Fine Arts (Design for Performance) students.

Senior Lecturer Design, Stephen Curtis and Creative Director Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison

Sharing a love of visual storytelling, the MFA students showed their designs and inspirations for the June Student Production Season shows, such as Aislinn King’s all-white set design for pool (no water) and Kate Beere‘s runway-style set design for Closer.

MFA (Design for Performance) student Aislinn King told Jillian about her inspiration and design for pool (no water), part of the 2019 June Student Production Season.

MFA (Design for Performance) student Aislinn King in her graduate studio, with designs and modelbox for her design of pool (no water), part of the 2019 June Student Production Season.

Aislinn King's design for pool (no water) brought to life in NIDA's 2019 June Student Production Season. L-R: NIDA third-year acting students Bronte Thomson-Sparrow, Lewis McLeod, Mabel Li, Matthew Alexander.

Aislinn showed Jillian how her design worked with the live-streaming video projections in this production of pool (no water).

MFA (Design for Performance) student Kate Beere with Creative Director Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison

Kate Beere showed Jillian her runway-style set with gauze curtains for Closer, part of the 2019 June Student Production Season.

Kate Beere's set and costume design for Closer, part of the 2019 June Student Production Season. Foreground: NIDA third-year acting student Sophie Wilde

MFA (Design for Performance) student Aron Murray with Creative Director Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison

Creative Director Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison with MFA (Design for Performance) students Grace Deacon and Phoebe Pilcher

Creative Director Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison with MFA (Design for Performance) student Olivia Rowlands

Next, Head of Costume, Course Leader Annette Ribbons gave Jillian a tour of NIDA’s costume department, where she also met with Academy and BAFTA Award–winning Senior Lecturer, Design Tim Chappel.

In NIDA's costume department, L–R: Senior Lecturer Design Tim Chappel; Head of Costume, Course Leader Annette Ribbons; Creative Director Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison

Third-year costume students Stephany Eland and Victoria Perry presented their research projects on bobbin lace and Edo-era firefighting suits, respectively, with Jillian particularly enjoying Stephany’s human-catsuit for the June production of MEAT EATERS.

Head of Costume, Course Leader Annette Ribbons; Creative Director Vogue Australia, Jillian Davison; third-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Costume) student Stephany Eland demonstrating her research project on bobbin lace.

Following this, Head of Properties and Objects, Course Leader Marcelo Zavala-Baeza showed NIDA’s Properties and Objects (‘props’)–making facilities.

Head of Properties and Objects, Course Leader Marcelo Zavala-Baeza showing Creative Director Vogue Australia Jillian Davison the third-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Properties and Objects) students' research projects.

Items of interest included peacock sculptures created for the sole purpose of ‘smashing into a thousand pieces’ when they hit the ground, third-year student Henry Wilkinson’s vintage rifles and camping equipment, third-year student Meg Hamilton’s 3D-printed Lewis Chessmen, and third-year student Daniel MacKenzie’s mechanical (‘self-playing’) organ inventions.

Third-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Properties and Objects) student Daniel MacKenzie demonstrating the workings of his research project into mechanical ('self-playing') organs.

Third-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (Properties and Objects) student Meg Hamilton showing 3D-printed museum item replica prototypes.

Marcelo also introduced Jillian to the second-year Properties and Objects students. Students Alex Allanson and Zachary Portelli shared their stories on finding their way into the degree from their love of making costumes and weaponry for ‘cosplay’ during their high school years.

Feeling inspired? Find out how your love of visual storytelling or making things can give you a career in the film, television or theatre industries. Applications for NIDA in 2020 are open now. Visit apply.nida.edu.au