Oliver attended London College of Fashion obtaining a postgraduate degree in “MA Costume Design for Performance” in 2019. Having completed his undergraduate degree “BA Fashion Studies” at University of Lincoln in 2016.
With 13 year’s worth of sewing experience and a considerable knowledge of garment development processes, including pattern construction and manufacture. Along with pattern grading, pattern cutting, tech packs, spec sheets, quality control, trend analysis, fitting sessions, alterations, tailoring, corsetry, millenary, sampling and concept design.
Combined with 3 year’s worth of industry experience working in commercial fashion and bespoke costume design industry, for men’s and womenswear. Most recently he Collaborated with “M&S” working with the archive department in creating contemporary womenswear inspired by historical context. Moreover, he has extensive experience using the Adobe Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator and Premier.
Additional working on theatre and film productions such as channel 4 random acts short film "Mogue" as “Head Costume Designer /Maker” and most recently the opera story "Goldilocks and the Three Pig’s Opera" and “Orpheus and Eurydice” as “Costume Maker/ Designer”. As well as working on his final MA project based on Stephen King’s book “Thinner” as “Head Costume Designer/ Maker” this was produced and performed at Sadlers Wells.
Millinery and tailoring were an integral area of study throughout his education, continuously applying these skills within their discipline. With an exceptional understanding of fashion and costume process working in a technical and structured way, communicating concepts effectively.
Furthermore, Oliver presents himself to a notable manner, who is highly organized, punctual, passionate and dedicated to his practice.
Inspired by the book "Thinner" by Stephen King is the story of a wealthy arrogant lawyer called Billy Halleck who whilst driving and receiving a hand job from his wife, accidentally runs over an old gypsy woman named Suzanne Lempeke. He gets away with this criminal act thanks to his close and long-established connections to Judge Carey Rossington who, when it comes to the trial rules in his favor. The judge shares the common prejudices against gypsies and has little regard for the victim. The gypsy women's brother is furious with this injustice and decides to take the law into his own hands. He curses Billey Halleck with the spell that makes him grow thinner and thinner until he wastes away into nothing.
Concept and Realization by Oliver To, Performer Alexander Lutley, Video Team Nick Argent, Alex Marshal, Alex Cambel, Oliver Frulong and Malik Felid, Technical Team Fraser Thompson- Noble and Simon Young, Choreographer Jennifer Irons, Assistance Ak Lie, Nuno Oliveira, Zhou Yang, Photographer Emmi Hyyppä, Costume Realisation Supervisor Claire Cristie, Senior Technician Marion Yarwood, Goshka Topolska Makeup & HairProject, Leadership Agnes Treplin for UAL: LCF 6/12/2018.
ORPHES & EURYDICE
In Greek mythology, Eurydice was an oak nymph and one of the daughters of Apollo. She was the wife of Orpheus, who tried to bring her back from the dead with his enchanting music.
Costume Designer & Maker Oliver To, Photographer unknown 01/10/2018.
GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE PIG’S OPERA
What do Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs have in common? More than you think! Our second production looked at the common themes running through these two tales, intertwining the stories in a way that will challenge what you thought about these characters, their motivations and back stories…
Costume Designer & Maker Oliver To. Photographer unknown 26/10/2017.
CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE
Through my realized character I wanted to execute a dramatic scene “ The Governor’s Wife rummaging through the clothes, throwing some onto the pile that’s meant to go with her, then changed her mind and takes them away. Off, the sound of drums. The sky is turning red.” (Brecht et al.,2009, 22) I wanted to reproduces the moment when she is fleeing for her life and deciding what to pack, this stage is reflected through the performance aspect of the costume.
Concept and Realisation Oliver To, Photographer Suki Lui. Movement director Pera Lily, Performer Megan Lloyd-Jones. Project Leadership Donatella Barbieri for UAL: LCF 26/10/2017
My interpretation of the “Twelfth Night” (Shakespeare, W., & ELAM, K., 2008) is a contemporary Film inspired by the Victorian era. I wanted to characterize a fantasy world that is encompassed by wealth, seduction joined with elements of dark fancifulness. Generating a predilection towards a world of spontaneity and illusion where reality transpires into delusion. The development of my whimsical characters are portrayed in a humorous nature because it will entice the audience into my world.
The personality of my realized character “Lady Olivia” informs my final costume. A Victorian inspired silhouette combined with the use of black textures; lace, velvet, organdy and net are key elements in showing the wealth and statues of my character. A dominating shadow that translates the characters charisma. helping the audience engage with the costume on an intimate basis.
Concept / Realization & Video Editing by Oliver To, Flm produced by Alex Campbell & Alex Marshal, Photographer Agnes Treplin, Performer Ak Lie. Project Leadership Agnes Treplin for UAL: LCF 14/06/2017.
MOGUE by MOLLY VENNER
Costume Designer & Maker Oliver To, Photographed by George Howard Rees-Jones, Actor’s Adam Feilding, Lewis Grimmel Actresses Hanna Douglas and Natalie Reed Concept and Realization by Molly Venna 12/05/2016.
Concept and realization by Oliver To, Photographer Eleanor To. Model Eleanor To 03/09/2019
MARKS & SPENCERS
ARCHIVE COLLABORATION WITH LCF
FINAL ARCHIVE M&S INSPIRED
70'S INSPIRED PRINTED JUMPSUIT
Concept and Realization/ Print Designed by Oliver To, Tamsin Slade Marks & Spencers Company Archive, Tiff Randmore for LCF Collaboration, Susanne Baldwin LCF Mentor , Photographer Eleanor To. Model’s Kate Johnson 07/10/2019.
MARKS & SPENCERS
Concept and Realization by Oliver To, Video editing Oliver To, Modle Lauren Kelham, Filming by Ashley Charles Rice 22/06/2013.
Concept and Realization by Oliver To, Photographer Eleanor To. Model’s Kate Johnson and Ella Jinks 13/07/2019.
Concept and Realization by Oliver To, Photographer Eleanor To. Model’s Kate Johnson 07/10/2019.
Even In Death
Even in Death takes inspiration from the post-mortem photography of the Victorian Era, which depicts the morbid way in which the deceased were often remembered. Haunting and forced poses, together with historical costume of this time, are all explored within my collection. Garments are elongated and restrictive, giving them a distorted reality of a moment in time, shackling the wearer. The collection sets the narrative of a Victorian family in commemoration of their loved ones.
Concept and Realization by Oliver To, Photographed by Paul Massey, Photos Edited by Oliver To, Model Maxine Rachael Sykes 12/05/2016.
Floral&Co is a British bespoke men’s tie company, our creative design team craft uniquely designed tie’s with the finest material and stitch techniques. Whether you are wanting a unique gift for that special someone or needing an edge to your outfit we have it all. With a wide variety of ties to choose from, you will not want to go anywhere else. The best part is that all of our products are 100% handmade and use sustainable high-quality fabric's that are sourced in the UK helping tackle fabric waste by upcycling unwanted fabric.
WE'RE ON INSTAGRAM
Concept and Realization by Oliver To, Photographer Eleanor To, Photos Edited by Oliver To, Model Benjamin To 03/09/2019
Magna Carter represents freedom, liberty and justice, the realistic nature of these ideals constraint the very thing they stand for. Countries like China, North Korea and most recently America are prime example of places that are in constant attack of taking away people’s freedom, liberty and justice. These restrictions can cause devastation and controversy causing poverty, crime and mental health to rise. Within my work I wanted to translate this narrative through forms of suffocation and entrapment. The idea of not being able to break free from these social confinements is a haunting thought. I wanted to translate these ideologies in the structure and form of my garment creating a more impactful reaction to my audience.