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Published 8th Mar 2011

Curator of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Phil Philo with a Hawaiian warrior costume and Tahitian dancer costume

Creative art students are under starter’s orders as they prepare to take their skills to the international cultural stadium of the 2012 Olympics.

Cleveland College of Art & Design students have been given a golden opportunity to represent the North East by exhibiting their creations at the Cultural Olympiad in the build up to next year’s games.

The opportunity for degree students studying costume construction for the stage and screen has been made possible thanks to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough.

Student Alison Lyons said: “We were approached by the museum curator Phil Philo who asked us to recreate costumes of characters who Captain Cook met in his lifetime.

“We were given an information sheet on each character that we had to reproduce as accurately as possible.

“This exhibition has been great because it is a live project we have had to work closely with our client to produce exactly what they wanted in the brief, it has been invaluable experience for us.”

The students were assigned with reproducing costumes for either tribes of people or European characters such as kings, artists and sailors.

The project involved in depth research to ensure the costumes reflected the period Captain Cook would have met them.

Students spent seven weeks constructing the costumes, resulting in a collection of 25 recreations which will be shown in Middlesbrough central library on May 12 at 7.30pm, where the costumes will be worn and their history explained to an audience.

The costumes will also make a star appearance in shop windows in Middlesbrough town centre during Middlesbrough Fashion Week starting May 23.

Next year they will be back at the Captain Cooks museum for the duration of the Olympics as part of the cultural exhibition.

Curator of the museum Phil Philo said: “The students have risen to the brief really well. The costumes are so varied and so colourful yet individual; they have done a fantastic job.

“I can see that a lot of research has gone into them. I am extremely pleased and impressed with the end result.”

Alison said: “It is just great to know that our work is being shown and we are so excited that it is on its way to the Olympics.”

Tutor Jane Havakin said: “It is absolutely fantastic that the students have been given this opportunity, not only to work on a real life project, but to have their work exhibited on an international stage.”

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