Rosalie followed her passion for the arts through a series of short courses in corsetry, millinery, design and lingerie, as well as a Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Technology at Sydney TAFE, before studying costume at NIDA.
Intrigued by the evolution of costume manufacturing and design processes enabled by current technology, Rosalie has also been studying Digital and Screen Printing at Sydney TAFE to engage in the ways costume manufacturing could be enhanced by the current digital era. Digital embroidery systems are another facet of this area that Rosalie has explored through assisting teaching classes outside of NIDA.
Having always admired the endurance and performance abilities of dance costuming and the transformation of dancers into characters, Rosalie spent six weeks on secondment with The Australian Ballet in their costume workroom earlier this year. It was an invaluable experience being able to explore the physical structures and manufacturing processes that create ballet costumes that are worn by generations of dancers.
Rosalie’s enthusiasm for learning and exchange of knowledge has led her into mentoring HSC Textiles students. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge base by experiencing costume departments overseas.