Katie Barford

Katie Barford’s practice and research is concerned with the critical and active role that is held by costume within scenography and performance. In 2016, Katie completed her AHRC-funded PhD on the costumed body at The University of the Arts, London. This project offers new methodologies for costume researchers and practitioners to look closely at and analyse costumed bodies using the practices of blind drawing and experimental costume practice. At University of the Arts London, Katie currently works as an Associate Lecturer. The majority of her current teaching is focussed on Critical and Contextual Studies within the Theatre and Performance Department at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Since 2014, Katie has been an active member of the international Steering Group for the platform Critical Costume; a significant forum for the promotion and development of costume research and practice (www.criticalcostume.com). She is also an Award Recipient of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholarship (2012-2015), an Arts and Humanities Research Council Masters Scholarship (2011-2012), and a Theatre and Performance Research Association Postgraduate Bursary (2013). She also holds a Masters of Research in Arts Practice and a Bachelor of Arts in Costume Design. Katie has a forthcoming publication (review) in the journal Studies in Costume and Performance, and welcomes interest in collaborative writing on costume.

A Costume Residency held at Wimbledon College of Arts, 2014. Costume Designer: Katie Elliott. Performed by Julie Groves.

Supervisors: Jane Collins, Paul Ryan, Helen Thomas