Emily Rose Spreadborough


YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2014Costume props assistant
The James playsNational Theatre Studio
2014Embroiderer and studio assistant
Bespoke, individually crafted embroideryHand and Lock
2014Costume maker
Don PasqualeScottish National Opera
2014Costume assistant
The TakingMitchell Brunt Films Ltd
2014Costume Daily
Television / TV
The VillageBBC
2014Costume maker
Peter PanNorthern Ballet Theatre
2014Costume maker
Christmas CarolNorthern Ballet Theatre
2014Costume designer
Die FledermausALL Souls’ Amateur Operatic Society
2013Assistant designer and costume maker
ThumbelinaDancing Brick
Cambridge Junction
2012 - 2013Costume designer & maker
CabaretUniversity of Huddersfield Drama Department
2013Costume designer & maker
FABRIC-ATIONYorkshire Sculpture park for Yinka Shonibare MBE
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2013Costume designer & maker
Woman ScornedDirty Laundry Productions
Oldham Coliseum
2013Costume assistant
Digital YouStephan Fairlamb Films
To be shown at Cannes film festival
  • Education

    2015Costume with Textiles BAHonsHuddersfield University


    I own (and can operate):
    Adobe suite, Domestic overlocker, Domestic Sewing Machine
    I can operate:
    Digital embroidery software, eg Amaya OS

    Additional Skills

    Costume and wardrobe

    Costume research, design and illustration. Both flat pattern cutting and cutting on the stand. Garment construction, fitting and alteration. Experienced and skilled with many difficult materials such as silk velvet, leather, silk chiffon and latex. Hand and industrial machine stitching. Breaking down costume. Sourcing costume and styling. Dressing and wardrobe management. Ironing, washing and a wide knowledge of fabrics and how to care for them.


    I have attended several night courses is Millinery;

    Blocking and steaming wool felt hats into a variety of shapes. Manipulating Sinamay and buckram to form hat structures and bases. Lining, covering and embellishing bases.


    Both hand and machine embroidery techniques, tambour beading, silk shading. Specialising in intricate gold work hand embroidery. Natural and synthetic dying. Printing techniques including screen-printing and heat pressing.

    Industry Awards

    Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery 2015

    About me

    Based in Liverpool, I am a costume designer, maker and embroiderer specialising in costumes for theatre, live performance and film. In 2015 I graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a first class degree in Costume with Textiles; there I began exploring the fusion of hand embroidery with contemporary and materials. The result of my experimentation, ‘The woman’ later won the prestigious London based Hand & Lock prize for Embroidery. My current work delves into the world of wearable technology, creative pattern cutting and traditional embroidery techniques. I am now looking for further opportunities to pursue design and collaborate with likeminded teams of creatives and performers to put on captivating performance.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 3 to 6 years
    Company Experience
    • Educational Theatre
    • Exhibitions
    • Regional Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Exhibitions
    • Experimental
    • New Writing
    Work Permits
    • EU
    Driving Licences
    • Standard