Creative Arts


Anne Acosta

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Technical Tutor in Textiles (Stitch)

Anne originally trained in Fashion Design, and for a number of years worked as a technician and lecturer in this field (BTEC National Diploma and City and Guilds Courses in fashion). Alongside this she has been involved in many projects for the fashion industry, including designing, pattern cutting and sample making/garment engineering, for companies include Top Shop, Paul Smith, Sony, and many other high street brands.

After graduating she lived for two years in Venezuela, where she undertook private commissions, producing bespoke garments and products for government ministers including the then President. Anne currently has work in a permanent exhibition at Snibston Discovery Park Fashion Gallery, and has previously had items featured in Elle Decoration and other interior magazines.

In 2001, Anne changed direction from fashion to theatre, taking a sabbatical from teaching to work as a Senior First Hand in the Wardrobe department at Glyndebourne Opera House. This involved the cutting and making of detailed period costume. Continuing with this theme, she undertook commissions from many theatres such as Sadler’s Wells, Derby Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum, The Lowery, and BBC Drama, which have added to her experience in theatre and TV costume.

Anne recently featured in a blog post on Sew Essential about textiles exhibits in the Arts Degree Show 2017.

Anne is now involved in all kinds of stitch techniques with students at Loughborough University featuring a diverse range of skills, from hand and machine knitting/crochet, fabric manipulation, and stitch embellishment, upholstery, millinery, textile products and prototype garments.