STUDENTS showed off their brilliant designs to thousands of TV viewers after creating costumes for a popular CBBC show.
Talented design students from Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) got tails wagging at the BBC after they made an entire wardrobe of outfits for the doggy puppet presenters of Hacker T and Dodge the Dog.
The college’s pathway leader in costume design and interpretation, Jane Havakin, said: “Two of our former graduates, Nick Hope and David Cruikshank, are employed at the BBC in Salford.
“I was invited down to see them at work in the CBBC studios and got talking to the producers.
“I said how much our students would love the opportunity to make costumes for Hacker T and Dodge, who are renowned for dressing up, and the producers thought it was a great idea.”
Each of the 12 students was given the task of creating matching outfits for the two puppets , using their skill and imagination to come up with wild ideas.
Student Lauren Deal, 19, of Hartlepool said: “The only things we weren’t allowed to do were use branded names or use well-known super- hero identities.”
“It was quite tricky designing for puppets, as opposed to humans, especially dog puppets, but basically we just let our imaginations run wild.”
The 24 outfits created for the doggy duo included knight and jester, cop and robber, cowboy and Indian, punk and skinhead, as well as themed costumes for the jubilee and St Patrick’s Day.
Jessica Royle, 21, of Hartlepool, said: “I was up at 8am watching CBBC for the first time in a long time when Jane told me my design was going to be used.
“I felt so proud seeing my knight’s costume in a sketch, alongside one of Lauren’s, with Hacker T and Dodge doing a rap.”
The assignment, carried out in the students’ own time alongside first-year studies, is one of a number of briefs that the college sets during the two-year course.
It also encourages work experience, with students gaining valuable knowledge with companies including Chrisanne, which provides the costumes for TV hits including Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing on Ice, and Cosprop, which is one of the main costumiers for the ITV blockbuster Downton Abbey.
Jane added: “We received great feedback from the producers at CBBC who were over the moon with all of the costumes – I was told they actually ran around the studios gushing at how wonderful they were.”
“It is incredibly impressive having first-year students’ work seen on TV and for them to have had the experience of working with the BBC so early in their careers is incredible.”