Sew spectacular – The Northern Costumiers lights up Christmas show

AN entrepreneur who set up her own costume business The Northern Costumiers after graduation offered invaluable work experience to students at her former college to create spectacular outfits for this year’s Newcastle Christmas Lights festivities.

The costumes were created for popular party planner, Ginger Parties, who contacted the thriving sewing business owned by Lauren Deal, 22, (pictured in the middle above) who graduated from Cleveland College of Art and Design with a first class degree in costume design.

She invited current students Shannon Garland and Fran Stockell to gain valuable industry experience to help make four outfits based on the characters Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay from the Disney musical fantasy film ‘Descendants’ which were featured as part of the recent intu Eldon Square Christmas spectacular.

Lauren Hall as Evie

SPECTACULAR: Lauren Hall from Ginger Parties as ‘Evie’ out of the Descendents wearing a stunning outfit made by The Northern Costumiers at the intu Eldon Square Christmas lights celebrations.

Lauren, from Hartlepool, said: “It has been great fun to work with Shannon and Fran. I hope that they enjoyed their experience and seeing the costumes all complete and on show. It was nice to be able to give something back to the college, as I really enjoyed my time at CCAD, especially the close working atmosphere and the excellent range of facilities.

“The business is going really well and it was fantastic to be part of the festive event working for Ginger Parties.”

Carlos, Evie, Mal and Jay 1

(L to R) – Ginger Parties performers Cameron Hume as ‘Carlos’, Lauren Hall as ‘Evie’, Laura Robinson as ‘Mal’ and Lewis Russell as ‘Jay’ impersonated characters from the Descendents wearing costumes made by The Northern Costumiers at the intu Eldon Square festive show.

Fran Stockell, 45, from Eston in Middlesbrough is currently on the second year of her degree in Costume Interpretation with Design, which she is studying at CCAD’s university-level campus in Hartlepool.

She added: “Working with Lauren was very inspiring, especially to see one of our own students doing so well in the costume industry. We were honoured to be asked to work with The Northern Costumiers and gained so much from the experience, and seeing the costumes finished was so rewarding.”

Main picture above(L to R) – Lewis Russell as ‘Jay’ (Ginger Parties), Lauren Hall as ‘Evie’ (Ginger Parties), Lauren Deal (The Northern Costumiers), Cameron Hume as ‘Carlos’ (Ginger Parties) and Laura Robinson as ‘Mal’ (Ginger Parties)

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