Pallavi is a costume designer working in theatre and film.
Pallavi received her BA in Fashion design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India (NIFT) in 2011. As designer for the university’s theatre group, she worked on three plays Dinner with the MacGuffins (2009), Importance of Being Earnest (2010) and Pygmalion (2011). Finding this experience in theatre exhilarating, she realised costume design was her calling. From 2011-13, she worked in film and TV costumes in Mumbai, before moving to London for her MA in Costume design for Performance from LCF.
Since then, along with working on various projects as part of her MA course (Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and costumes being exhibited at ‘Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright’, Victoria and Albert museum), she has worked as an Assistant stage manager for ObamAmerica, at Theatre503 involving 14 different short pieces. She has worked as costume assistant to scenographer and theatre designer Takis and on three graduate films with students from the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield. Her major work as a costume designer in the UK has been with the theatre company Cyphers, on ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Henry V’ directed by Marcus Bazley. And in Brussels, Ulla van Brandenburg’s ‘Baisse-toi montagne, lève-toi vallon’.
She moved back to India in 2015 where she works out of her studio and manufacturing unit in Mumbai. She makes and exports costumes for musical productions in London. Grease, The Little Mermaid, Hairspray to name a few.
Her work as a Costume Supervisor includes Disney’s Beauty and the Beast directed by Vikranth Pawar, Aadyam’s Loretta directed by Sunil Shanbag, Disney’s Aladdin directed by Shruti Sharma.
As a designer in the film industry in Mumbai her first costume design project was for Girish Malik’s ‘Band of Maharajas’ and is currently designing for his next film ‘Torbaaz’.
She is working towards getting more involved in the theatre and live entertainment industry in the city.