Portrait of  Liz Garland Liz Garland

e.garland@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472102


Liz trained in the art of Costume Construction at the prestigious Theatre Wardrobe Course at Liverpool’s City College (formally Mabel Fletchers). She first started working for the Costume with Textiles course in 2006. Prior to this she was the Costume supervisor at Bretton Hall College (1995-1998) and ran Costume construction projects for The University of Leeds(1998-2003)

Although her main career path is now within education she has had a wealth of experience both in live theatre work, film and television. She worked as a freelancer costume maker for many prestigious companies and still maintains close contacts with the industry. Theatre work includes: Sheffield Crucible, Manchester Library and Forum Theatres, Wexford Opera Festival, City of Birmingham Touring Opera, Oldham Coliseum, D’Oyle Carte Opera Company, York Theatre Royal, Northern Ballet, Janet Smith Dance company, Theatre Clwyd, Film and television include: Angels Costumiers, Boda Television, SC4 and The BBC.

She has covered all aspects of costume work: pattern cutting, making and fitting costumes and accessories, wigs dressing and fitting, dye-ing and breaking down, Millinery, leather and fiberglass work, mask making along with organisation and maintenance of costume during production for theatre, touring, film and television.

Research and Scholarship

Liz’s research ‘Second Skin’ investigates pattern cutting via mould making and formed part of a research MA for which she achieve a distinction. The development of this research produced a teaching aid that both enhances students understanding of traditional pattern cutting methods and facilitates the production of complex structures.

Liz’s present research considers the concept of the costume store as a living archive and the changing relationship between costume and clothing in terms of preservation, performance, research and education.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Garland, L (2016) ‘Second Skin’. In: Costume and Fashion in Context and Practice symposium, 5-6th December 2016, Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

Bate, T. and Garland, L. (2016) ‘Precious?’. In: Costume & Fashion in Context & Practice, 5-6th December 2016, Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

Almond, K. and Garland, L. (2016) ‘Second Skin: Investigating the Production of Contoured Patterns for the Theatrical Costume IndustryCostume The Journal of the Costume Society , 50 (1), pp. 90-113. ISSN 0590-8876


Bate, T., Garland, L., Malik, N. and Sweeney, C. (2015) ‘Archive, Stage and Private Values: Textile, Dress and Costume’. In: Intersections Conference 2015, 15th & 16th January 2015, Central School of Speech and Drama


Bate, T. and Garland, L. (2014) ‘Precious?Journal of Writing in Creative Practice , 7 (3), pp. 403-413. ISSN 1753-5190


Member of The Costume Society

Enterprise Activities

Having maintained and developed contacts within the costume industry I am able to facilitate student placements and graduate employment.

Teaching and Professional Activities

I am module leader for the 1st year ‘Introduction to Costume Construction’ and 1st year personal tutor
1st Year Introduction to Costume Construction TFD1114: Module Leader and Costume Construction Lecturer
4th Year Research and Development THD1340: Costume Construction Lecturer
4th Year Final Major Project THD1345: Costume Construction Lecturer