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Samantha Manning
2021 BFA Costume alumni Samantha Manning

About Samantha

Samantha grew up with a passion for all things creative that evolved into a love for costume for film, television and especially theatre. Samantha spent some time at UNSW exploring textiles and jewellery before completing a Certificate III in Fashion Design and Technology at Ultimo TAFE,before being accepted into the BFA (Costume) course at NIDA.

At NIDA Samantha has expanded her cutting and construction skills for both period and contemporary wear, developing her costume history knowledge as well as new skills in millinery, tailoring and supervising.

The opportunities provided to work and collaborate with other disciplines during student productions has informed and encouraged her aspirations for costume supervising.

Samantha explored her passion for live performance and the ‘magic’ of theatre through her masterwork which analysed transformative costumes. She is excited to enter the industry and learn more about live performance, however also aspires to gain experience and explore a range of roles in film and television.


NIDA Productions

Costume Supervisor
Love and Information

Costume Supervisor and Maker
Revolt She Said, Revolt Again

Costume Supervisor

Men’s Tailor
When the Rain Stops Falling

Costume Maker
A Pox on Both Your Houses

Men’s Tailor and Milliner
Twelfth Night

Costume Assistant

Costume Assistant and Maker
Roberto Zucco

Other Productions

Costume Maker
Moulin Rouge (Sydney Costume Workshop)


Workroom assistant
Hamilton (Sydney Costume Workshop)