Becky Hollis

  • 2020
  • Design
  • Performance Costume - MFA

Becky Hollis: Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

Becky Hollis
Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

What do you want people to know about your graduation project?

Written in 1987 and examining its titular figure, Liz Lochhead’s play ‘Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off’ encourages a cross-examination of Scotland’s past and present.

My costume designs combine 16th-century silhouettes with classic 1980s streetwear; bodices become shell suit jackets, trunk hose become tracksuit bottoms and bum rolls are transformed into bum bags. Through design, this interpretation of ‘Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off’ explores history while simultaneously filling in the missing pieces through an eclectic and contemporary lens.
 

What or who is your inspiration and why is following this route important to you?

I have always been inspired by my parents; my mum is a dancer and my dad, a fan of filmmaking, has made a range of short films.

What draws me to costume is the opportunity it provides to tell an unspoken story and the exploration to discover that story.

I always knew I wanted to work within the creative industry but it took me some time to realise what I felt the most comfortable doing and enjoyed the most. Now that I have figured that out, I need to keep going!
 

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Becky Hollis
'Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off'
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Becky Hollis
'Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off'

What has been your favourite thing about ECA and Edinburgh?

I have loved being able to work in a studio with my peers; sharing ideas, collaborating on projects and that continuous comradery you get from your year group.

Having grown up in Edinburgh, I always loved coming to see the Performance Costume shows and the show is what inspired me to apply for the Master's programme. It was such a special moment seeing my first year project on a stage.
 

What are your hopes for life after ECA? Do you have any plans?

I hope to get trainee work in the film and TV industry and I am excited to venture into the real world of productions and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes.

I would love the opportunity to work on a period drama, of course - historical costumes are so exciting - but I would also like to gain experience on a contemporary production.

I have always been fascinated by modern-day costuming and how it can blend so seamlessly into a contemporary setting, while also telling so much about a character.
 

Is there anything you’d like to share about your experience studying here?

That it is always better to share ideas that you may be nervous about than to not share any ideas at all!

The feedback and shared advice I received from my peers and tutors enabled me to push my ideas further, taking projects down new routes that I may have not thought of on my own. Being able to openly share and bounce around ideas is such a wonderful part of the ECA experience.
 

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