Sydney Speakers May 2017

Mandy Nichols

Film & Fashion, 3D Printing

Sydney & Melbourne

Mandy is a costume cutter, maker and stylist whose career spans film, TV, theatre & advertising.

Graduating from NIDA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (costume) Mandy has worked as a key costume cutter and maker with film credits including  Director Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Australia’ & Academy award & Bafta award winning ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader’, 'Xmen Origins: Wolverine' and 'The Wolverine'.

Recent credits include key Costume cutter for Director Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant', and  7 network & Foxtel  period television series 'A Place to Call Home' and Costume buyer for 'Truth' featuring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford.

Mandy has worked extensively in theatre as a costume Supervisor and cutter/maker for Australian theatre companies including Belvoir theatre company, The Bell Shakespeare company and Opera Australia.

Mandy is the current wardrobe director for Fremantle Media Australia's X-factor and regularly works as a stylist in music and advertising.

In 2015 Mandy received the Churchill Fellowship & Gilbert Spottiswood fellowship to develop expertise in the traditional and current practices of corsetry and couture womenswear.

This fellowship has strengthened Mandy's studio practice and has also led to a love of writing and documenting fashion after many hours examining couture garments in the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Balenciaga Museum in Spain and private collections viewed in Paris.

Working on costume for 'Gods of Egypt' Mandy used a mixture of traditional costume and 3D printing, we are excited to hear all about her epxerience.

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