Biography


'I love doing costumes. The costume is an actor's first line, so it's gotta be right!'

-Xavier Dolan


My love of costume started at a very young age.  Being brought up with classic film, by my grandmother, I fell in love with the glamorous costumes of Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh and Streisand.   This love of classic film lead me to study Film at Queens University.


Having always had a love for creating and designing, I started actively learning costume construction in January 2015. By July I had singlehanded designed and costumed a show of 20 people. I graduated from Queens in 2017 with a BA (With Hons) in Film Studies. I am now going on to specialise in costume for Film/Television and theatre.


I currently work for 'The Steensons', which are a leading Irish goldsmiths, who are one of the official jewellers for hit HBO show, 'Game of Thrones'.

Experience Details

Three Years Experience in Theatre

Costume Designer/Seamstress/Costume Mistress


Working on shows such as:

  • The Addams Family Musical
  • Into the Woods
  • Les Miserables


See the theatre page for more details and photos.

Four Years Experience in Cosplay

Costume and Prop Designer


Including costumes such as:

  • Rapuznel, Jessica Rabbit and Merida (Disney)
  • Melissandre and Daenerys (GOT)
  • Catherine (Catherine)
  • BBC - Sports Personality of the Year 2016 - Runner
  • Drawn in Pen Products - Decay Music Video 2018 - Costume



Honors & Awards

  • First Aid Level 2 - 2018


  • BECTU Health & Safety Passport - 2018


  • HNC Costume Construction - 2018


The HNC in Costume for Stage and Screen develops knowledge and practical skills in areas such as pattern cutting and construction and decorative techniques used to embellish costume. Also introduced to costume fitting skills, the art of corsetry, and the history of costume and theatre, the production of headwear, sculptural costumer elements, and design and interpretation.


Other topics include creating ladies’ period costume, costume fitting skills, theatrical tailoring, theatrical professional practice, and costume for stage and screen.


  • BA Film Studies (With Hons)

Queens University Belfast - 2017


Film Studies degrees at QUB are rated first in the UK (Guardian University League Tables for Film and Production 2017). The BA in Film Studies and Production featured an equal mix of hands-on film production modules and critical film studies modules.


Tj Smith

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Phone:     07708332281

Email: hello@tjsmithdesigns.co.uk 

Working From:  Belfast


Available for:

  • Garment construction
  • Alterations
  • Wardrobe assistant for productions
  • Commissions


Skills


  • ​Pattern drafting, both flat & on the stand
  • Garment construction - from cutting to finishing
  • Experience with both domestic & industrial sewing machine/overlockers
  • Professional fittings
  • Dyeing & breaking down of fabrics
  • Working backstage as dresser
  • Sampling & sourcing materials
  • Brief knowledge of millinery and wig styling
  • Budgeting
  • Knowledge of how to hire and return garments
  • Indepth knowledge of other departments including lighting, sound, editing and animation.

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