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Emily’s head start in the world of costume design

Emily’s head start in the world of costume design

A former art student’s stunning needlework will be lighting up the big screen in the new Elton John biopic Rocketman.

Emily Sanderson, 22, from Blackpool, has been working for Blackpool based Maxines Feathers, creating costumes and head-gear for a wide variety of stage and screen commissions.

Emily studied textiles, art and photography A level at the sixth form and graduated with a first class honours in Fashion and Costume for Performance at Blackpool and Fylde College.

She specialises in sewing, textiles, pattern cutting and garment construction at the costumier’s studio, which focuses on custom made head-dresses and costumes.

“I’ve worked on a whole host of things here at Maxines, including the London Palladium, making things for Dawn French and Julian Clary as well as for the new Elton John film,” said Emily.

“I’m really enjoying working at Maxines and hoping to stay for a few years, whilst also looking to tour with a show or get a residential wardrobe assistant position with a theatre or musical show, aiming for the West End or a touring West End show.”

In addition to working full time, Emily also takes on freelance commissions and has launched a business via Instagram designing and making her own cushions, @EmilySandersonCushions and @Emily SandersonCostumes

Emily’s degree show at Media City, Salford.

Some of Emily’s cushion designs.

Costumes created for Julian Clary and Dawn French in the pantomime Snow White.

Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman from Paramount Pictures.