Jill Salen

Jill Salen

In her capacity as Lecturer in Costume, Jill Salen teaches costume skills, realisation and reconstruction, as well as supervising students in the production of the costume element of shows, through resourcing, hiring and construction.

Alongside her work at the Royal Welsh College, Jill continues to have a freelance career as a costume maker, having worked on films and television series for Cosprop, as well as regularly making costumes for the Welsh National Opera. She is also the author of a number of successful publications on costume history and construction including: Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques (Batsford, 2008), Vintage Lingerie: Historical patterns and techniques (Batsford, 2011), and Vintage Swimwear: Historical Patterns and Techniques (Batsford, 2013). Her current work includes researching for a further book on Corsetry.

Jill is passionate about creating costumes, interpreting design and researching into original garments and techniques. Working at RWCMD with its huge volume of shows ensures she has plenty of enthusiastic, motivated students to work with. Jill has also been a visiting lecturer at The Bristol Old Vic theatre school and Coleg y Cymoedd.