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Avril Bradbury-Hoath
2020 BFA Costume alumni Avril Bradbury-Hoath

About Avril

A combined love of early to mid-1900s black and white films, theatre, art, ballet, sewing, garment making and history, all from a very young age, lead Avril to her chosen career as a costume maker. Her high school electives, including History, Art and Textiles, further peaked her interest in historical garments and what goes into making them historically accurate. After completing a Cert III in Fashion at TAFE and other courses in millinery and corsetry, Avril’s dream became a reality when she was accepted into NIDA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Costume) course.

Making costumes for NIDA productions such as Orlando and also while on industry placement to Frozen the
Musical, has only further cemented her ambition as a Costume Cutter and Maker for Film, Theatre and Ballet
productions. Her research project was ‘1920s Radium Girls’, which involved using her costume making, design and
historical garment cutting skills, along with exploring new techniques of representing hidden poisons in garments.
This provided Avril with an opportunity extend her project management, making and fabric treatment skills.
Avril is looking forward to using her advanced garment making skills working as a Costume Cutter and Maker on
new and exciting projects within the performing arts industry in both Australia and abroad.

Instagram: @a.b.costume

NIDA Productions

Costume Cutter/Maker

Costume Supervisor/Cutter/Maker
A Pox Both your Houses

Costume Supervisor


Costume Cutter/Maker
Starstruck The Stage Musical

Men's Tailor

Milliner/Men’s Tailor
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Costume Assistant/Dresser
Ah, Tuzenbach. A Melancholy Cabaret

Costume Cutter/Maker
Ex Machina

Costume Maker/Assistant and Dresser
The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Other Productions

Costume Assistant
Dust (Short Film)

Costume Alterations
Aspects of Love (Hayes Theatre Company, Costume Designer: Tim Chappel)


Costume Maker
Frozen the Musical (Sydney Costume Workshop)