Isabel Nellie Walters

2019 QEST Broderers' Company Scholar - Historic Costume

Isabel discovered her passion for making historically accurate costumes whilst studying Design Realisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and on placements at the National Theatre, Tower of London and V&A Museum of Childhood.

The QEST Broderers’ Company Scholarship enabled Nellie to embark on the Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the only course of its kind in the UK, covering the history of costume and skills including corset making, embroidery, tailoring and millinery.

The British entertainment industry is renowned as the finest in the world for period costume. Historic pieces are seldom used as they are fragile and depleting, so my training at RADA will equip me for a career as a costumier for theatre, television, film and museums internationally.