BAFTA And Swarovski Are Hosting A Costume Design Masterclass At DIFF With Alexandra Byrne

BY Sarah Garden / Nov 20 2017 / 21:57 PM

The BAFTA-winning costume designer will discuss her work and display some of her most celebrated pieces

BAFTA And Swarovski Are Hosting A Costume Design Masterclass At DIFF With Alexandra Byrne


You may not have heard of Alexandra Byrne, but you’re certainly familiar with her work. Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Hamlet, Elizabeth, Thor, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange all feature costumes that she expertly crafted.

The BAFTA and Oscar-winning costume designer will be part of a masterclass at Dubai International Film Festival on 9 December, along with Mariayah Kaderbhai, Film Programme Manager at BAFTA. The pair will discuss her cinema career in front of an audience of students and industry professionals, including the recently released Murder on the Orient Express.

Alexandra Byrne

Alexandra Byrne

Budding costume designers will also have the opportunity to attend the Costume Design Workshop on Friday, 8 December, hosted by Swarovski and BAFTA.

Alexandra Byrne said, “Swarovski are constantly developing and creating new crystals, colours, components and techniques – there is very little in the world of embellishment that they cannot solve. I have worked with them on characters that depict Norse gods, 18th century opera divas to Queen Elizabeth I, garbed in plated armour sleeves to the crown jewels.”

As part of the events, there will be select costumes, accessories and props on showcase at the pre-function area of the Joharah Ballroom, Souk Madinat Jumeirah during the Dubai International Film Festival. Following DIFF it will move to the Swarovski Creative Center until January 31, 2018.

Make sure you look out for the Harper's Bazaar Best Dressed Sudio in partnership with NET-A-PORTER on the DIFF red carpet.