Students' design work shown in a proper manor

students from a Glasgow college have been given the chance to step back in time to create period costumes for Scotland's answer to Downton Abbey.

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Cardonald College Fashion Technology students will start the first leg of a three-year project to design and make costumes for staff at one of Glasgow's best-loved historical sites, Pollok House.

This year, the budding designers created Edwardian costumes to outfit staff just like Upstairs Downstairs, from the upper classes to the servants.

Next year, they will take on costumes from the Regency period and then Georgian styles will be the focus after that.

The project is being led by Cardonald lecturers Aileen Dunne, a former theatre performer and costume maker, and Kate Costello.

They are working with Ian McGreavy and other representatives from Pollok House and the National Trust, who are funding the project.

Jacqueline Farrell, head of school for fashion, textiles and jewellery at Cardonald, said: "For the first time in years you'll be able to go there and see the people dressed as those from the lowliest kitchen maid right up to the lady of the house.

"It will enhance the visitor experience and our students will have their study experience enhanced.

"These are students that will possibly go on into the industry and we're also hoping on the back of this to secure work placement for them working in costume for TV programmes.

"We're developing other links into the costume industry and this will be a good stepping-stone for us."

There will be a display of Regency period costumes displayed throughout the country house until the first of the complete articles are unveiled next June.


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