As part of Black History Month, Pegasus Opera invited our UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion students to reflect on the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush and look at the fashion and costume of the day.
Pegasus Opera is a leading creative music and opera company based in London and working to promote diverse artists through its artistic programme.
They were set a creative brief by the Company Producer to produce sketches and drawings of costumes for a full-scale professional opera production.
Pegasus are currently developing mood boards and slide decks to show to potential venues, opera houses, funders and programmers in theatres across the UK. We are particularly interested in taking the opera to cities that were built on the profits of slave trading such as Bristol and Liverpool and to retell the stories of the people coming off the Windrush and settling as the significant black communities and how they contributed to the vibrancy of London – Brixton, Notting Hill, and the black communities in Toxteth Liverpool and St Paul’s Bristol.
Students researched and produced sketches of costumes suitable for the cast representing arrivals disembarking the Windrush at Tilbury Docks in 1948 to be used in moodboards and professional pitches to venues and funders. The opera will be staged in London, potentially at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and tour around the UK.
Successful students will attend creative meetings and rehearsals in 2021 and see how their final costume ideas integrate into the production design, set and narrative of a professional large-scale performing arts stage aesthetic.
Take a look at a few of our amazing students who have made it onto the Company’s shortlist up against some degree students including Georgia Sky-Little who based the designs on her grandparents Sylvia and Michael, part of the Windrush generation.