Hunt Museum Launches Costume Design Classes & Workshops for everyone

08.02.20. Emmy award winning costume designer, Joan Bergin attending the Hunt Museum Exhibition 'Best Costume Goes to…’ . Picture: Alan Place.

THE Hunt Museum has developed a series of educational costume design workshops, lectures and downloadable content for families, students and individuals to complement its current exhibition ‘Best Costume Goes To…’ including a masterclass with award-winning costume designer Joan Bergin.

A joint curation with the Irish Costume Archive Project, ‘Best Costume Goes to…’ tells the story of the relationship between the actor, their costume and the character they portray, as well as the story of the growth of the Irish Film Industry.

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On display at the Hunt Museum’s iconic exhibition are 35 iconic costumes from films and TV series like My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, Michael Collins, Breakfast on Pluto, Tudors, Room, The Favourite and Braveheart.

The educational series developed by the museum includes:

Best Costume Goes To… Family Costume Design Workshops

This is for anyone who ever wanted to be a costume designer and those budding fashion designers.  Bring the whole family along, learn about how costume designers work, and hunt for design details in the Best Costume Goes To… exhibition. Then learn to work as a team of designers to create unique costumes for fictional characters!

Join us on Saturday 12 & 26 September 11am to 1pm or Saturday 10 & 24 October 11am to 1pm and let your imaginations run wild!

Cost: €7.50 per adult and kids go free! (Parents must accompany children)

Tickets: Booking is essential. You can book your ticket online or by phone at (061) 312 833.

Costume Design with Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh

Meet one of Ireland’s most established costume designers Eímer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, co-founder of the Irish Costume Archive Project (ICAP) and co-curator of the Best Costume Goes To… exhibition at the Hunt Museum. Learn how and why ICAP was set up, its importance to the Irish film industry and plans to develop it in the future.

Date: Thursday September 17, 1pm

Cost: €5.00

Tickets: Booking is essential. You can book your ticket online or by phone at (061) 312 833.

Masterclass with Joan Bergin

Join Joan Bergin, three time Emmy and five time IFTA award winning Irish costume designer, to learn about her distinguished career working on well known TV and film productions, including Vikings, The Tudors, In the Name of the Father and My Left Foot, which are featured in the exhibition (and some which aren’t!).

Date: Thursday October 15, 1pm

Cost: €30 (places limited)

Tickets: Booking is essential. You can book your ticket online or by phone at (061) 312 833.

Online Exhibition & Downloadable Content

Entwined in the fabric, is an online compliment to the Best Costume Goes To… The online exhibition highlights the role of the costume designer and the different processes and techniques of the costume department, using many of the Irish Costume Archive Project (ICAP) costumes exhibited in ‘Best Costume Goes To…’.

The online exhibit contains rich content that will be of interest to fashion designers and film buffs alike. Vivid images demonstrate the intricate detail of the costumes from films and TV shows such as The Favourite, The Quiet Man, Braveheart, Vikings, and more.  The high-quality images are accompanied with background stories and audio clips narrated by Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh, costume designer and co-founder of the Irish Costume Archive Project, to give insight into the role of the costume designer and how costume co-creates the character.

Some of the downloadable content will also be featured on RTE Learn – the online hub for all the educational content produced by RTÉ.

Jill Cousins, Director, The Hunt Museum, said, “Education is an extremely important part of our overall offering. Education at The Hunt Museum means using the collection, expertise and enthusiasm of the museum and our partners to provide learning opportunities for the widest possible range of audiences and at all educational levels.”

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Exhibition details:

Tue – Sun: 10am – 5pm: Sun 2- 5pm

Open until 14 November, 2020 

Admission: €7.50 per adult, €12.50 combo ticket (with museum), Kids FREE