Directory Emma Crossland Costume

Emma Crossland



Based in: Hartlepool

Works: Hartlepool

“I like to think of myself as a Jack-of-all-trades of costume, because there are just so many areas of costume making that interest me. I love being able to turn my hand to almost anything costume-related and I am never afraid of a challenge. I greatly enjoy both the research and making side of costume, which greatly compliment each other. I have experience in many costume disciplines, including corsetry, dancewear making, embellishment, historical dressmaking, millinery and tailoring.”

Emma graduated from the Northern School of Art in 2021 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Costume Interpretation with Design and in 2022, achieved a Distinction in her Masters in Costume Making from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Aside from costume making, she is skilled at costume design as well as styling. She has an extensive knowledge of historical costume including historically accurate original practice methods. As a costume historian, Emma specialises in the clothing worn by female and female identifying performers, dancers, actresses and circus artists and she is currently working on research to write a non-fiction book series on this subject.

Her costume creations and alterations have been seen on TV in Vera S13 (2024), Hullraisers S2 (2023) and the Cebeebies pantomime: Dick Whittington and His Cat (2022). Costume making credits for theatre include Cinderella (The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2023-2024), Jack and the Beanstalk (The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2022-2023), Dick Whittington Adult Panto (Norwich Maddermarket, 2023) and Emma by Emma Woodhouse (Menstrual Rage Theatre Company 2021). Emma also regularly makes costumes for re-enactment and museum use. Costume Design credits include The Other Birthday (Short film due to be released late 2024).