Coccia Costumier


2013 to date    Artist in Residence at High View Primary School

2015                  "Watching" costume designer for Music in The Community at Edinburgh Botanics

2014                  On Common Ground; costume designer for a performance in the Commonwealth Games

2013-2014       Freelance artist at The Natural History Museum, Crafty Nature and Hands-on Nature

2013                   Lion king costumes with Julian'sPrimary School

2013                   Diabetes prevention and VitaminD deficiency textile project with Barts and the London

2012                   Cultural Olympiad project "Friendshipribbon"

2011-2012        Blanket Cover project with Crisis and Spitalfields Music festival

2010-2011        Creative Partnerships textile project with Julian's Primary School 

2011                        Tactile books with parents from StephenHawking School, London

2010                    Cabinet of Curiosities at Kensington Palace with Stitches in Time

2010                    Creative Partnerships project with Dormers Wells High School

2010                    Tactile sensory pillows with Parents at Stephen Hawking School, London

2010                    Community Curators, ArtistIn Residence at Tunbridge Wells Museum

2009                    Costume designer for TagTheatre Company at Dalbeattie High School.

2009-2014         Pattern cutting Course tutor and project manager at Stitches in Time, Limehouse

2009                     Summer hat making class forRewind, Maidstone Council

2008-2009          Residency at Mascalls School, Kent

2008                      Fashion Week Summer School atThe Lyric, Hammersmith

2008                      Teaching higher students at KnoxAcademy, Tranent.

2008                      Threading Together, Banners project, Armadale Primary Schools

2007                       Animal Farm, Dalbeattie HighSchool, Tag Theatre Company

2007                       African Arts, St. MarysPrimary School, Polbeth

2007                       BuckieFestival, community workshops, Buckie, Morayshire

2006                       Training in Shoemaking, London college of fashion

2006                       Made an interactive costume and held movement workshops in conjunction with Eduard Bersudsky's,                                                       Sharmanka's Callender house

2005                       Visiting lecturer, Queen Margaret College

2005                      Wardrobe mistress, Shebangrassandra, Spirit Aid. Glasgow

2004-2007          Residency at Armadale and BathgateAcademy

2004                      Residency at Boclair Academy, Bears Den

2004                      The Big Shop, The PuppetLab

2004                       Make an Exhibition of Yourself, ArtlinkCentral

2001                       Clackmannanshire Day Hospital, Alloa, Artlink Central

2001                       Boness Hospital, Textile Project(elderly patients) Artlink Central

2000                       Gioia, Hawkhill Day Centre

2000                       Callender Primary School, ArtlinkCentral

2000                        Logie Stroke Club, Lip ServiceProject, Artlink Central

2000                        Queen Margaret College, CreativeCostume, Visiting Lecturer

2016                        Pillowtalk at Brixton East as part of South London Women Artists group.

2014                         FPSOpen, The Menier Gallery, London

2013                        CrossingBoundaries group exhibition at The Menier Gallery, London.

2013                         Starfish and scallop interactive soft sculpture for The Natural History Museum

2013                         Presentation for the colloquium TheMany meanings of Healthcare at Cumberland Lodge "Co-creating art and 

                                 health: a community-based sewing project in East London"

2011-2012             Interactive sensory textile mat for under 5's, Bilston Craft Gallery

2011                              "Poseidon'sPalace" Michaelhouse, Cambridge Ideas festival

2011                               "Poseidon's Palace" Bradford Science Festival

2011                              "A theory of everything" Core Gallery, Deptford

2011                               "A New Home for Griffin" exhibition and publication with Griffins Sensory Support  Centre, Kent

2011                         Untitled Art Fair, Chelsea OldTown Hall

2010                        Group exhibition at Campbells Gallery, Kensington, London

2010                        "Curiouser and Curiouser" at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

2010                        "Community Curators" at TheTrinity Arts Centre, Kent

2010                        "Life" group exhibition at TheFramers Gallery, London

2009                        "Coralline Swansong," Solo exhibition at Mascalls Gallery, Kent

2008                         "Chelsea Designer Crafts"  Chelsea Old Town Hall

2008                         "Miniatures," Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2007                          The Winter's Tale, The Playgoers Society. The Costume Museum, Totnes

2007                           Hybrids ll with artist Polly Verity. Comme des Garcons, London

2005                           Hybrids, solo show. Comme des Garcons, London

2004-2005               Metacorpus,"Invisible fields", internationally touring

2004                           Make An Exhibition of yourself, Macrobert, Stirling. Collaboration between primary school children and Artlink Central

2002                              Body Sculpture, Wakefield, Yorkshire

2001                               "PleaseDress" solo show. Interactive conceptual costume, The Arches, Glasgow

2000                             Metacorpus, New St. exhibition space

2000                             Metacorpus, Cyberia cafe

2000                               "Coming to our Senses", a national tour with Craftspace Touring

2000                               Metacorpusperformance of "Sound and Suspension", based on the function of hearing

1999                               "Lip service" Talbot Rice, Edinburgh. Collaboration with stroke patients and Artlink central

1999-2000                     Metacorpus, artistic director, and costume design, "Sound and Suspension"

1999-2000                     Metacorpuscostume created for workshops led by Brian Hartley

2015                                Costumier for stilt wearers for a festival in Barcelona.

2014                                 Build your Worlds costumier for Mondrian event at Turner Contemporary, Margate

2013                                 Build your Worlds costumier for the Big Draw, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

2013                                 Build your Worlds interactive costume for Dulwich Festival

2013                                 Conference of The birds, Music in the Community at Edinburgh Botanics

2012                                 Costumier for Transmission, Imaginate Delegates at The National Museum of Scotland

2012                                 Costumier for Dreadnought at TheNew Year Games, National Museum of Scotland

2011                                 Scenic hanging for SpitalfieldsCommunity Opera "We are Shadows"

2011                                 Snails and Ketchup, RameshMeyyeppan, The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

2011                                  Unchartered Waters,  Dancebase, Edinburgh

2011                                  Costume Designer for The Quicken Tree, The Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh

2010                                Costume for A threatening Sky, The Old Abbatoir, London

2009                                Aerial costume for Off Kilter, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

2009                               Aerial costume for Jennifer Paterson, Conflux

2008                               Costume for Cora Bissett in DeepBreath, First Feet, Edinburgh

2008                                Aerial costume for Wishbox, First Feet, Edinburgh

2008                                Stilt costume, Theatre Modo, Glasgow

2007                                Animal Farm, Tag Theatre company

2007                                Hogmanay aerial costumes, Edinburgh performers, St Andrews

2007                                 "All or Nothing" Aerial performance costume, Traverse theatre

2007                                  "Jamie the Saxt" BorderlineTheatre Company

2007                                  "Buckie Festival" Theatre Modo

2007                                   "The Winters Tale" The PlaygoersSociety, Devon

2003                                    "Sweet Fanny Adams in Eden"Stellar Quines Theatre Company

2003                                    "Tam o' Shanter" The ArchesTheatre Company

2002                                     "Mermaid Cinderella" The ArchesTheatre Company

2002                                     "Loch Lomond  Summer Sketches" The Arches Theatre Company.

2001- 2008                          Resident costume designer forHopscotch Theatre Company, touring schools.


2017          Brides dress

2015           Brides dress

2013           Bridesmaids dresses

2012           Brides Dress

2012          Tailored suit for a gentleman with a unique body shape                      

2011             Bride and Bridesmaid dresses

2011             Brides veil

2011             Bridesmaid dresses

2008           1950's lace wedding dress

2008           18thcentury wedding dress and bridesmaids

2008           Edwardian wedding dress

2007               1950's /two-tone inspired wedding dress and bridesmaids

2006           Kilt skirt for Talon

2006               Wedding and bridesmaids dresses

2004                Gentleman's honeycomb jacket for Bee and Butterfly Ball   

2003                Tailored waterproof for a lady with restricted movement

2003          Corset, wedding dress, and bolero

2002           Premature babies' christening gown

2002           Bias cut wedding dress

2001            Bias cut 1930's wedding dress


DeeIsaacs, Artistic Director,

BotanicProductions c/o Music in the Community

University of Edinburgh


12Nicholson Square


EH8 9DFTel: 07974219480 email:



Learning and Education department,

NaturalHistory Museum

Cromwell Road


tel:02079425011 Learning and Education Dept.

Testimonials and websites Referencing Costume

"I first worked with Anna in 2007 to create a costume for an aerial rope and dance solo, and as that was so successful have both worked with her and recommendedAnna on several occasions.  The work is beautiful and intricate whilst taking into all the practicalities that creating costumes for aerial dance work involves. Anna takes on board all the nuances of the work, where it is to be performed and creates stylish, textural pieces that are easy to perform in.  The piece is well fitted, (we work over several fittings) has conceptual and aesthetic consideration and is constructed with the durability required."

Jennifer Paterson, All or Nothing

(UncharteredWaters show examples of costume)

(costume design and make for Dreadnought/Spotov in the National Museum of Scotland)

(costume for Ramesh Meyyappan and First Feet performers)

(a quote from C. Bissetts blog on the show Deep Breath)


"Over the weeks since I was asked to do this, I have been plotting this performance with various cohorts. The wonderful designer/dressmaker Anna Cocciadiferro and I have been in discussion about how to create a dress of magnificent proportions, which will fall down over the Mercat Cross. We wanted a big bold visual image to convey the "baggage" of the year past, which could then be shed, and underneath there would be a different "clear canvas" of a dress.

A few weeks later, a huge sports bag arrives with Anna's incredible creation, which spills down my hallway like a fairytale carpet. I can't actually try it on because I would need to be 30ft tall."

(Examples of an early collaboration which explored the role of costume in movement and performance:

Funded by the Scottish Arts Council)

(Costume designer for Sweet Fanny Adams in Past Productions)

(Performancesin 2008 and 2007)

(Letter of thanks to the Director of The Quicken Tree and the creative team)

"Once again it was a real delight to experience the creative genius brought to the garden by you and your team with the production of yet another fabulous and highly successful show in the Quicken Tree. It was sheer joy to experience the magic that you wove within our space and especially to witness the excitement and enthusiasm of the students and children who contributed so much to this innovative production. I am absolutely sure that those young people will remember this performance for the rest of their lives.


Among the audience, it was clear to me that you had been successful in attracting many people who are not regular visitors to the RBGE and for some, this was possibly their first experience of participating in an event in the garden. What a great introduction to the delights on offer!  Seeing the Garden spectacularly lit and being put to such an original and entertaining use will surely bring many of them back again to other events or simply to enjoy the pleasures of visiting Scotland's best-loved garden."


Ian D. Edwards

Head of Exhibitions and Events

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


Client List

The Natural History Museum

University of Edinburgh Music in The Community at The Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh  Unique Events

Bilston Craft Gallery

Iron Oxide

Tunbridge Wells Museum and ArtGallery

The Arches Theatre Company

The Lyric, Hammersmith

Theatre Modo

Stellar Quines

National Youth Dance Wales

All or Nothing

Great Leap Forward

Tag at The Citizens Theatre

The Citizens Theatre