I’m Holly-Morgainne Maddison, the creator of Holly-Morgainne Costumes. I’m currently studying BA Hons Costume Construction at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Creating costumes has always been a passion of mine and I’m always looking to learn new skills, work with new people and be involved in new projects.

Growing up in rural Derbyshire I first got a taste for the costume industry when working as an extra for the BBC on ‘The Village’, my eyes were opened and I immediately knew the direction I wanted my future to take. I began to teach myself to sew, throwing myself in the deep end with a complete 16th century style gown, and from there extended my knowledge into a more managerial side of the industry. I worked alongside my local theatre companies, both making costumes and helping to manage their wardrobe departments. This volunteering reinforced my focus on taking the next step to working professionally in the costume industry, so I decided to take a leap and apply to study for a degree at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  Having received a place on the course and moved to London I am now honing my skills and deciding on a particular area of the industry I wish to focus on.

Besides costume I also have a love for drawing and painting, especially illustration, and hope that in the future I may branch out from my costume construction foundations into the word of design.


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I am a self-motivated, dedicated, and organised Costume Construction student, with an excellent work ethic who is seeking dressing work.  I consider myself to be a determined person, who constantly seeks the opportunity to excel in anything I undertake, whether that is my education, work or hobbies. I believe that I have excellent people skills, being able to relate to all ages. I hope to enter the wardrobe world for the entertainment industry, creating or managing costumes for large-scale productions. I received one of the twelve places offered to study Costume Construction at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and am currently in my final year of this degree.


Work Experience / Volunteering


Ballet Black‘s production ‘Triple Bill’ at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Stand in Wardrobe Manager, 9th-10th November 2017

Royal Shakespeare Company‘s production of ‘Queen Anne’ at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Dresser, 26th June – 30th September 2017.

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama‘s production of ‘The Empress’ performed by the third year BA Hons: Collaborative and Devised Theatre Acting students. Wardrobe Manager, 16th-26th June

Phillip Dart‘s pantomime ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at Buxton Opera House. Head of Wardrobe, 6th December 2016 – 1st January 2017

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama‘s production of ‘After the Dance’, performed by the third year BA Hons: Acting students. Dresser and Costume Maker, 19th-26th November 2016

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama‘s production of ‘Coram Boy’,  performed by the third year BA Hons: Acting Collaborative and Devised Theatre students. Dresser, 18th-24th June 2016

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama‘s showcase of a tableau depicting the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice. Costume Maker and Performer, 10th March 2016

Present Company‘s production of ‘A Little Night Music’ directed by Jean Gemmell at Buxton Opera House. Dresser, 31st August- 5th September 2015

Buxton Drama League‘s production of ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ at Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre. Wardrobe Manager and Costume Maker, 4th January

BBC‘s production ‘The village’. Extra, October- December 2012

Buxton Fringe Festival. Stage Manager, June 2012


Hobbies and Interests

Prior to undertaking my degree I taught myself to sew through attempting and completing interesting garments, such as an entire 16th century Tudor gown (my first major project). I enjoy a challenge. I grew up completing RAD ballet grades 1 – 8, which gave me a part on stage with the European Ballet, my first insight into the world of theatre and wardrobe. This combined with my work in theatre, inspired me to push for a career in costume.  I also greatly enjoy drawing and painting watercolour illustrations in my spare time and am starting to incorporate this into my costume work.



Currently completing a BA Hons Theatre Practice: Costume Construction degree at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

2015   A level

A  English Language  B  Art

A  History  A Extended Project Qualification (AS)

B French (AS)

References and testimonies are available on request.