Video: A Ruff Guide, with Rick McGill

Date posted: 1 Mar 2019Author: STC Production: Mary Stuart

Rick McGill in his natural habitat, the STC costume department

The striking, elaborate Elizabethan ruffs are the defining feature of the mens’ costumes in STC’s production of Mary Stuart.

Each of the seven ruffs featured in the show was painstakingly designed and created over the course of a few weeks by the STC costume department, under the direction of expert milliner, Rick McGill.

Rick McGill is one of Australia’s most respected milliners, having created spectacular headdresses for film, stage and couture. You’ll have seen his work on stage for Opera Australia, Bell Shakespeare and countless Sydney Theatre Company productions. Rick has lectured in fashion millinery, theatre millinery and hard and soft sculptured costume for more than 35 years.

In this behind-the-scenes video, featuring music by Mary Stuart composer Max Lyandvert, Rick explains how the Mary Stuart ruffs were created, from Elizabethan portrait inspiration all the way to final fittings.

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Want more Mary Stuart costumes? Check out this photo gallery which features the beautiful detailing of the Elizabethan-inspired costumes, designed by Mel Page and created by the STC costume department.

Mary Stuart, 5 Feb – 2 Mar 2019, Rosyln Packer Theatre