Going wild for Kate’s designs

Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council's Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Customer Services/Regulatory Servives, takes a look round Worn to be Wild, an exhibition of costumes inspired by British wild bird and mammals by Kate Plumtree.
Councillor Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council's Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Customer Services/Regulatory Servives, takes a look round Worn to be Wild, an exhibition of costumes inspired by British wild bird and mammals by Kate Plumtree.
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It’s not the sort of gear you’re likely to see worn on a night out on Silver Street.

But the latest exhibition at Doncaster Museum and art gallery gives a whole new meaning to designer clothing.

From Medieval deer to contemporary hedgehogs, Kate Plumtree’s designs in her Worn to be Wild exhibition are inspired by British wild birds and mammals while celebrating the evolution of period dress.

Organisers of the display which has just gone in front of the public this week, say the collection of 17 costumes has been carefully designed and made by observing the movement, character, habitat and style of each creature.

Using a range of authentic materials and techniques reminiscent of each period, Kate manipulates fabric to emulate the colour, texture and form of each creature, and uses techniques such as dyeing, printing, painting and quilting.

Large-scale location photography taken by the artist in each creature’s natural environment, as well as fabric samples, are presented alongside Kate’s sketchbooks which reveal each costume’s design and construction in step-by-step photographs. Visitors can try on some of her outfits in a dressing up area at the venue.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member in charge of museums, said: “Kate Plumtree’s exhibition is a joy to behold.

“I am sure visitors will be attracted to the vibrant array of bright, rich colours of the costumes and intrigued by how Kate has combined elements of both wildlife and period wear.”

Kate studied at Wimbledon School of Art and has a BA Hons in Costume Design.

She has produced costumes for theatre including The Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and for West End musicals including Wicked and The Lion King.

Kate will be taking part in art sessions at the museum next month.

She will be will running a Venetian Mask workshop on Saturday, June 18, from 10.30am until 3.30pm. Contact Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery on 01302 734 293.