|Costume group Leader|
Donatella Barbieri trained in Theatre Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She now teaches design at London College of Fashion where she has developed the new MA in Costume Design for Performance, which she now leads.
Her theatre design practice has included productions in the UK and in Europe, primarily for theatre and opera. In recent years however her design work, in line with her teaching, has become focused in the area of costume design for performance. The role of the costume designer within the creation of performance and the centrality of the costumed body to performance are the focus of her research and her scholarly activities. To that aim, in 2003, she has initiated and led the AHRC funded Designs for the Performer Project, a study of the work of ten influential UK based costume designers, which culminated in interviews, masterclasses, and exhibitions. In 2004 she was awarded a three months Teaching and Professional Practice Fellowship from the University of the Arts London to continue her research in Europe, which led to a close working relationship with international colleagues. In 2005 she co-hosted the OISTAT Education Symposium in London, while also initiating a costume-centred collaborative performance project between LCF in London and DAMU in Prague.
The latter, together with her participation in the École Jacques Lecoq Laboratoire d’Étude du Mouvement (Laboratory of Movement Study - LEM) gave her the opportunity to analyse and debate pedagogical approaches to costume design practice, and she has written and spoken on this subject in 2006 for the CHODA Conference in London and Costume Symposium 2006, held at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.