Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Sally Kinsella 

BA [Hons] Costume Design

Hi I'm Sally. I'm a Costume Designer and stylist based in Dublin. I work alongside my mother running Ireland's oldest vintage boutique, Jenny Vander. In my spare time I enjoy painting and sewing. I have a passion for costume design and history. I also adore collaborating on films and working on set.

Ordo Virtutum

Ordo Virtutum is an allegorical morality play, by Hildegard of Bingen c. 1151. It's the earliest morality play by more than a century, and the only medieval musical drama to survive with both text and music.

For my rendition of Ordo Virtutum, I created the Devil. This design is inspired by Romanesque sculptures and I have pulled aspects of von Bingen's work into it. The goal is for it to look terrifying, as is the devil. For the virtues, their costumes are inspired by medieval fashion with a Celestial twist. I had great fun during the process of this project and definitely learned a lot while doing it. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

The Pre-raphaelites: Origins, Influences and Responses.

The overarching focus of my thesis has been to research the Pre-raphaelites from multiple perspectives. This thesis examines the influences that informed the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, such as medieval art, what they went on to influence, and what made the Pre-Raphaelites stand out from other artists and thinkers of their time. An important aspect of my thesis is the examination of the roles of women as Pre-Raphaelite artists, which was an important facet of the movement that is often overlooked. I have also striven to understand the social reception of the Pre-Raphaelites in respect to victorian society. The Pre-Raphaelite’s involvement with the Aesthetic Dress Movement is another focus of my research. I have endeavoured to highlight the degree to which their paintings of women in loose-fit garb aided in the formation of a healthier dress reformation.