Jessica’s passion for costume grew from a love of beautiful things and her strong interest in history, storytelling and creating. She trained herself in the skills of garment construction and pattern making while still at school, and, prior to NIDA, Jessica took a Diploma course in Applied Fashion Design and Technology at Ultimo TAFE. Jessica is interested in the ability of costume to communicate character and transform performers. Her interest in design compliments her costume making practice.
During her time at NIDA, Jessica has gained, expanded and refined a wide variety of technical skills in many aspects of costume realisation, which she enjoys applying to complex and challenging situations. She has also developed her managerial skills in the collaborative work of a costume supervisor for the NIDA play productions, a highlight of her studies. The opportunity to focus on the significance of garments in understanding social history through her final year research project enabled Jessica to further explore her interest in historical research and costume construction.
Whilst on secondment for Strictly Ballroom the Musical, Jessica enjoyed the experience of participating in a workroom team for a large-scale production. She looks forward to pursuing her career as a costume maker.