Tara Mannell

Tara Mannell


Prior to studying a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Costume), Tara completed a Bachelor of Business Management (International Business)/Bachelor of Arts (Art History) at the University of Queensland in 2010. Her passion for history, art, and creativity found expression through sewing period-inspired clothing for herself and others. Tara taught herself pattern making and sewing and used these skills to open a small online business. This hobby quickly became a driving force in her life and compelled her to pursue costume making as a profession.

During her time at NIDA, Tara has developed the necessary skills for cutting, draping and making women’s garments, constructing men’s tailored suits, millinery, corsetry, and leatherwork. She is also experienced in dyeing fabrics, breaking down, embroidery, airbrushing, thermoplastics and shoe making. Tara has experience as a costume supervisor, dresser and costume standby.

For her final year major research project, Tara researched and constructed a 1900 corset, bust bodice and hip padding to explore ways for creating the perfect Edwardian silhouette.

Tara aspires to continue expanding her skills and knowledge as a costume cutter and machinist.

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