Two former BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery students, Laura Baverstock and Hattie McGill, have received recognition for their work in the form of an Oscar nomination after working on the costumes for the new film Mary Queen of Scots.
Bringing to life the designs by esteemed costume designer Alexandra Byrne, Laura and Hattie’s embroidery work can be seen on both Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie’s costumes, who play Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I.
This isn’t the first time Laura and Hattie, who both graduated from the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) in 2016, have worked with the Oscar-winning designer, having embroidered for the star-studded remake of Murder on the Orient Express in 2017.
Laura said: “Working with Alexandra Byrne is always so exciting and it’s a huge joy to be a part of her team. I really enjoyed developing leather cording designs and embellishments for Mary’s jackets and embellishing Queen Elizabeth’s green dress with mythical creatures in the tiniest of metallic sequins.”
Mary Queen of Scots has been nominated for Best Costume Design at the Academy Awards alongside other top-billed films including Mary Poppins Returns and Black Panther. The winner will be announced at the end of February.
“I was absolutely thrilled to hear about the Oscar nomination for our latest project.”, Laura added. “The technical teaching at RSN, alongside the development of my own creative practice, helped me build my skills within a variety of embroidery and textile forms which is crucial within the film industry.”
Laura has already finished working on their next project, The Aeronauts, which is set in the Victorian era and due for release later this year.