Career insight: Exploring careers in Costume Design

Join the V&A Youth Collective as they discuss careers in Costume Design with Tony Award winning Costume Designer Gabriella Slade, Costume Maker Sophia Denny and V&A Adobe Creative Resident Luca Bosani.

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This discussion will explore how to build a career in costume design, from getting started to exploring the skills and knowledge needed by contemporary designers in order to sustain a career in a challenging industry.

This event is hosted and co-produced by the V&A Youth Collective.

This event will be live streamed to online audiences from the V&A Museum. Book a ticket on this page to join the event live at the museum, or sign up here to watch the conversation online.

Luca Bosani (b.1990; they/them, he/him) is a multimedia artist who specialises in wearable art and performance. They are the Victoria & Museum x Adobe artist-in-residence in Costume Design, where they are researching the history of heels and platform shoes. In 2025 their research will culminate in a post-gender interactive installation and series of performances that will be on view in the South Kensington Museum main galleries.


Gabriella Slade, Set & Costume Designer

Costume credits include: Six (Broadway, West End, UK Tour & International –Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award and Offie Award for Best Costume Design, Olivier Award & WhatsOnStage Award nominations); Bedknobs and Broomsticks (UK Tour); The Cher Show (UK Tour); Curtains (West End & UK Tour); Spice Girls: Spice World (Arena Tour 2019); Reveler’s Mass; The Green House; Folk (National Dance Company Wales); The Importance of Being Earnest (West End); The Last Days of Anne Boleyn (Tower of London); Working (Southwark Playhouse); In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre & Southwark Playhouse); Peter And The Starcatcher (Royal and Derngate).

Set and Costume credits include: Murder For Two (Watermill Theatre & UK Tour); Billionaire Boy (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton & The Lowry); Moll Flanders (Mercury Theatre); Showstopper! (UK Touring); Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre); A Spoonful of Sherman (UK Tour); Cinderella (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); Loot (Watermill & Park Theatre); Bodies (Royal Court Theatre).
Instagram: @gabriellaslade


Sophia Denny, Costume Maker

Sophia tells stories through fabric. She is a costume maker for film, TV and theatre - passionate about bringing characters to life through the magic of sewing. With a multidisciplinary background in design, bespoke tailoring, and fine art, Sophia approaches costume creation with a blend of creativity and technical expertise.

Her work has graced the screens of shows like the upcoming Wicked films (Universal), Matilda (Netflix), and Silo (Apple TV) to name a few. Beyond these collaborative projects, Sophia also enjoys self-directed sewing adventures, constantly honing her skills and exploring new techniques.

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