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2020 BFA Costume alumni Emily Pires
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Emily Pires

About Emily

Emily is based in Greater Western Sydney and is a proud Tubba-gah, Wiradjuri and Gumbaynggirr woman with a passion for sewing, costumes and history.

At NIDA, Emily was taught to expand her skills and love for historical accuracy in costume. This has also opened up opportunities for her to expand her interest in millinery, tailoring and handmade bespoke footwear.

Emily has a passion for both theatre and film and found joy working on Ghost Lights and The Removalists, as well as on secondment at Bangarra and Wakefield. She particularly enjoyed working for Midnight Feast at Sydney Opera House.

Emily enjoys both making costumes and the role of a Costume Supervisor. Emily has begun to write a guidebook on collaborating with First Nation people in costume, titled The Etiquette of Fitting First Nation Peoples of Australia. See below for Emily’s presentation.

Emily can be contacted at

NIDA Productions


Costume Supervisor
Ghost Lights

Costume Assistant
Stay Happy, Keep Smiling

Costume Assistant
The Removalists

Other Productions

Costume Assistant


Costume Assistant

Costume Assistant