Gillian graduated in 1997, having studied Fashion Design in LSAD, focusing on menswear. It was during this time in college that she was introduced to costume for film on the Consolata Boyle-designed productions SERPENT’S KISS and THIS IS MY FATHER. Shortly after, Gillian moved to London and secured a position as a Tailor’s apprentice at Angels Costumiers. Under the tutelage and guidance of David Lewis and Ron Davis, she progressed to position of head tailor, alongside training in pattern cutting. In 2006, she was promoted to the position of head cutter and manager of the tailoring department.
During her time at Angels, Gillian gained an enormous amount of invaluable experience working on a wide variety of costumes for film, T.V. and theatre, cutting garments ranging from traditional men’s tailored clothing to specific uniforms, to ladies’ period pieces and fantasy costume. Some of the film and TV productions Gillian has worked on include DR. WHO, HEARTBEAT, SHARPE, TORCHWOOD, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, HARRY POTTER, THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR.PARNASSUS, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, and HUGO CABRET; and her theatre work includes WICKED, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, SOUTH PACIFIC, and LES CONTES d’HOFFMANN.
In 2010, Gillian moved to Dublin and set up as a freelance cutter and tailor. She also lectures part-time as costume technical lecturer on the Design for Stage and Screen course in IADT. Her role as lecturer involves teaching students through a wide range of practical skills and techniques including: flat patterning, draping, general construction, tailoring and exploring a range of costume styles and periods.
Gillian’s most recent work includes the Gate Theatre’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Designer: Jonathan Fensom); BBC’s RED WATER (Designer: Kathy Strachen) and Blinder Film’s LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP (Designer: Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh).