Stand Back! Physical Distance and Fashion

from Panniers to Punks to Pool Noodles

By Tamara Marie Kucheran, a class given as part of #ArtApart

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The recent requirement of physical distancing to slow the spread of Covid-19 has encouraged a different type of outbreak: satirical internet memes calling for the return of hoop skirts and other ''social distancing'' fashion! But what motivated people pre-Covid-19 to wear clothes that forced folks to stand apart? Join set and costume designer Tamara Marie Kucheran (Set and Costume Design, 2000) for a 1.5-hour discussion that delves into the socio-economic history of “distance dress” and explores what fashions our current situation might inspire.

  • May 25, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
  • on Zoom - All spots are now booked for the live class on Zoom. 
  • However, you can watch the class on YouTube (without interaction).
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Tamara Marie Kucheran

Tamara has had the privilege of working with some of the world's top theatre professionals on stages across Canada including the Stratford Festival and The Shaw Festival.

Select design credits include Costume for Gypsy (postponed due to Covid-19), How He Lied to Her Husband and Man of Destiny (Shaw Festival), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Stratford Festival); Set for Honour Beat (The Grand Theatre), Peter Pan (Neptune Theatre); and Set & Costume for The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre), Salt Baby (The Belfry Theatre), The Penelopiad and Cabaret (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), and Fanny Kemble (Stratford Festival).

Tamara is a recipient of the prestigious Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design (2017). Other awards include a Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Costume Design (nomination for Outstanding Set Design), a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Costume Design (multiple nominations for Set and Costume), a Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival), and the Ian and Molly Lindsay Young Design Fellowship (Stratford Festival).

Tamara's teaching credits include Sessional, Lecturer, and Guest Artist Instructor positions at The National Theatre School of Canada, Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, the University of Victoria, and Michigan State University.

Tamara is a graduate of the University of Victoria (BFA with Distinction) and the National Theatre School of Canada.

Tamara resides in Stratford, Ontario with her husband and two young children.


Banner image: cartoon from Punch Magazine by George Cruikshank