HAND-crafted costumes by students at a York-based college have gone on display in a new exhibition.

They went on show yesterday at the Northern College of Costume, on the top floor of 26 Market Street, and the exhibition is also being held today, from 11am to 4pm.

Eight talented students at the college from all over the North and Northern Ireland have each created three costumes over 15 weeks on the course that has trained costume makers since 2006.

Graduates of the course have gone on to work at major theatre and opera houses as well as creating costumes for popular TV and film productions such as Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Outlander, The Crown, Victoria, Peaky Blinders and Beauty and the Beast.

Pauline Chambers, the college’s principal, said: “All students have worked extremely hard to craft corsets, tailor jackets and embellish silks, in order to learn the art of the costumier.

“On display are reproduction WW1 Royal Naval uniform, colourful 17th Century gowns inspired by characters from Shakespeare’s ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ and lavish evening gowns from the First World War era.”

The exhibition is free of charge and open to all.