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Double Oscar winner wows Blundell's students


Jenny Beavan, the Oscar winning costume designer, gave students at Blundell’s School in Devon an inspirational talk and great advice when she was guest of honour at the school’s Creative Arts dinner. Jenny has won two Oscars, most recently for designing the costumes for the film 'Mad Max: Fury Road’, which also won her a BAFTA, and she has won Academy nominations for eight other films.

The senior pupils who were lucky enough to hear her speak were enthralled by her insights into the research, design and making of the costumes for ‘Mad Max’, when she drew on a range of sources from Nigerian Hyena Men to discarded plumbing tools. She showed the pupils that costume design was not just the result of a creative gift but also the product of an enormous amount of background work, that design for drama is all about the characters and the story-telling, not the clothes, and that to cope with any significant challenge, you have to split the task into bite-size chunks – useful advice for many careers.

Jenny was very interested in the pupils and spent a long time talking to them about the merits of a career in the Arts. After the event, one Year 13 pupil commented ‘The most amazing thing about Jenny was her passionate and down-to-earth nature. She wanted to hear more about us than just answer our questions and gave each who asked specific career advice which was invaluable from such an esteemed professional. And she told us that while she was lucky to be where she was, it did not come without being out of her comfort zone, which was great advice to the budding creatives in the room’.


Published: June 9 2016

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