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Over the years, past pupils of Thornhill College move onto Careers within the Design Field. It is inspiring to hear of their experiences along the way, and we encourage them to come into the Department and talk to the girls of their journey. We welcome all our Art & Design past pupils to contact us and let us know how you are getting on.

Aileen Faller / Costume Interpreter

Currently living in and exploring London and recently graduated with 95% in all Studio Practice from BA(Hons) Theatre and Screen: Costume Interpretation at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London. With a wealth of experience working in Film, TV, Commercials, Theatre and Opera.

Northern Irish Costume Designer and Interpreter with high quality making skills and a soft touch for delicate work. Specialising in historical reconstruction, fabrication and prop costume with a keen interest in millinery, armour and body padding.

Most prominent skills are in textile designing with dyeing, breaking down and screen printing, as well as leatherwork and historical construction techniques. Creatively driven when designing costumes accompanied with extensive knowledge for sourcing materials in the UK and Ireland.

Efficient and organised with constant deadlines and always confident working under pressure individually or with a team. Aileen is committed to being conscientious, meticulous and methodical towards all elements of work.

Aileen has worked in some high profile TV shows such as Peaky Blinders, Call the Midwife, and is currently working on Game of Thrones

We were delighted Aileen could take time out of her busy schedule to come into our Art Department and talk to the girls. Her candid talk struck a chord with our years 13/14 girls especially, when she explained how indecisive she was about her career choices. When she finally decided on her degree choice, and after researching how many colleges offered “costume interpretation”, she was delighted to accept a place at Wimbeldon College of Art, London.

Aileen made a conscious decision to make full use of the facilities in her department, through experimentation and sheer determination, she embraced the challenges with amazing results. She found the constraints of student loans very challenging, especially as her chosen field was very much dependant on sourcing materials of a certain standard, and also the fact that London is an expensive place to live and travel in……. not for the faint hearted!!

Aileen approached employment, with her wide skills base helping her to secure positions. She stressed to the girls how important it is to network, sending emails to potential employers, and to keep grounded when entering into a new employment position. Aileen’s enthusiasm for her career was infectious, the girls were in awe of her inspiring talk, especially when she showed pics of people like Matt Le Blanc (from the sitcom Friends), Cillian Murphy (from Peeky Blinders), Aileens talk will no doubt have made a lasting impression on them.

Aileen has achieved so much in her short time in the industry, we wish her well in her future endeavours and hope that she will continue to visit our department.


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