RTE Nationwide features Costume Spectacular from ICFE

March 5, 2017

Visit the ‘creative hub at Inchicore College of Further Education that produces costumes for the television, film and theatre industry.’

RTE’s Nationwide broadcast a programme featuring crafts people and designers, on Friday February 17, that included a ten minute look at the work of students from Inchicore College of Further Education. Presenter Anne Cassin described ICFE as a creative hub producing costumes for television, film and theatre.


Leonore McDonagh, who is in charge of the costume design programme, described how most ICFE students go straight into film, tv or theatre – citing examples like the Tudors, the Celts, the Vikings, Ripper Street and the British-American horror drama Penny Dreadful.

Avril McGettigan demonstrated how period hair and make-up is taught.


Anne Cassin  visited an ICFE exhibition to celebrate 20 years of work in costume making at the college which was mounted at the nearby fabulously restored Richmond Barracks.

She spoke to graduate Donna Geraghty who is now a costume assistant at the Abbey Theatre.  Donna described how she ‘distressed’ the costumes in James Plunkett’s ‘The Risen People’ to achieve the appropriate theatrical effect.

Graduate Sarah Whitford showed Anne Cassin her end of year project – a Victorian Walking costume.


Anne watched students model their own creations and describe how they came to be;

  • Fiona Foley’s gown was inspired by the Georgian period and Marie Antoinette,
  • Jenny Wong was inspired by 1850s
  • Stephanie Blythman chose to make an early Edwardian afternoon gown.


Watch the show on the RTE Player HERE.

To learn more about courses at ICFE visit their website HERE.

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