How do you manage to make costumes for Hamilton?

Seen from your theater seat, a musical blockbuster has such an impact that you often don’t notice its constituent parts. But even a very small production has multiple elements – costumes, props, lighting, sound, management – ​​that can form the basis of a career. The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) not only offers training in your chosen field, but also valuable mentorship and industry connections.

Aye Zyver Banez, in her third and final year of classes, is majoring in costume design and construction. Although during her high school years she was interested in making and sewing, she did not immediately think of a career in costume design. His first undergraduate course was in architecture; she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, but never felt a real passion for these fields.

Immersive costume design concept by Aye Zyver Banez. Picture provided.

It was hamilton it showed her that her “love of stories, aesthetics and fashion” could become a vocation. “I didn’t even realize that designing and building costumes for live performance was a career option until I started getting into musicals. Watching hamiltonThe behind-the-scenes and behind-the-scenes videos made me imagine myself as one of the people who put on shows for others to enjoy.

My mentors and peers were great referrals for internships which then led to more connections.

Student Aye Zyver Banez

Banez’s love for drawing and her experience working with design software like Photoshop and visual communication served her well as she learned the skills of her chosen craft. But one of the most valuable aspects of the course was the opportunity to work on multiple productions. It was possible from his first year.

“I’ve been on the costume team for The cripple of InishmaanI was assistant costume designer for Hello girlsand I was a costume designer and set designer and director for Rats on cocaine prefer jazz. these [opportunities] provide a training ground that prepares us to enter the industry. It is also thanks to these internships that I found in which field I really wanted to specialize. Although I still want to pursue design, I’m getting more and more interested in costume construction.

Banez’s costume concept for Optimism. Image: provided.

In addition to providing hands-on experience, working so closely with her classmates gave Banez a sense of community and led her into the larger theater production community.

“Having a small cohort makes this group really intimate: you get to know everyone and you make amazing friendships. These relationships have not only been a great source of emotional support, but also support when it comes to industry experience. My mentors and peers were great referrals for internships which then led to more relationships.’ One of them was an internship at hamiltonbringing Banez back to his inspiration — and pointing to his future.

“My internship at hamilton was just a taste, and I’d like to learn more about the day-to-day ins and outs of the wardrobe department, learn different costume-making techniques, and progress to one day becoming a costume designer for a great musical production.

Find out more about studying Bachelor of Fine Arts (Production) at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.