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This Arts University Fused DC Superheroes With Shakespeare

Velvet capes galore just in time for the release of Batman v Superman, giving you some serious #UniGoals.

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The Arts University Bournemouth in the south of England is by far the best place to go to if you wish to see your nine grand a year going towards quality education and some pretty awesome time. These pictures will prove that.

Batman and Hamlet

Costume made by Georgina Homer, gauntlets by Elly Willis. Modelled by Connor Wilson-Taylor.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Georgina Homer, gauntlets by Elly Willis. Modelled by Connor Wilson-Taylor.

In honour of Shakespeare Week and the 400th anniversary of his death on 23rd April 2016, and the release of two DC films, Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice this week, and Suicide Squad later this year, students from the BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design course collaborated with two other courses to reimagine the iconic superheroes and villains in full Jacobean costume complete with ruffs, patterned silks and ornate cuffs and collars. .

Robin and Hamlet

Costume made by Danielle Levy. Modelled by Faye Butler.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Danielle Levy. Modelled by Faye Butler.

A series of male and female costumes were designed by AUB lecturers Will Hargreaves and Bunny Winter, and made by second year students under the guidance of tutors Mandy Barrington and Katerina Lawton. Each design involved the construction of either a doublet or bodice, but fused Jacobean period costume with emblematic superhero colours and motifs. The hat and prop making processes were aided by tutors Wayne Martin and Sam Edwards.

Bane and Macbeth

Costume made by Lily Bevan. Modelled by Joe Yusseff.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Lily Bevan. Modelled by Joe Yusseff.

The idea was to celebrate Shakespeare in a fresh way by reimagining what DC comic characters would look like if they had been around in the Jacobean era – it was a hugely successful experiment and these costumes provided a great way to introduce his work to a new audience.

- Will Hargreaves, co-designer

The Joker and As You Like It

Costume made by Hanna Cross, cane by Niki Konkoly. Modelled by Nebras Jemali.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Hanna Cross, cane by Niki Konkoly. Modelled by Nebras Jemali.

Fabrics appropriate to the period such as silks, wools, linens and leather were sourced from London and primary research was carried out at the Victoria and Albert Museum's archive where students were able to access original 17th Century garments.

Catwoman and Measure for Measure

Costume made by Hannah Rodgers. Modelled by Lorraine Moalosi.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Hannah Rodgers. Modelled by Lorraine Moalosi.

Further accessories and props were sourced, and the costume making was supervised by third year student Jess Hewett.

Alfred Pennyworth and King Lear

Costume made by Rose Makamdem-Magaia. Model unknown.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Rose Makamdem-Magaia. Model unknown.

The images were photographed by AUB alumnus Andy Bate, who created a dark, rain-drenched world for the characters, who were played by students from the BA (Hons) Acting course. Then, students from the BA (Hons) Visual Communication course took famous Shakespeare quotes and integrated them with the characters.

Harley Quinn and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Costume made by Ellice Bishop. Modelled by Emily Evans.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Ellice Bishop. Modelled by Emily Evans.

The project was executed under the guidance of Mark Sephton of creative agency Creative Forager.

The Flash and As You Like It

Costume made by Lottie Higlett, gauntlets and mask by Amy Brown, hat decoration piece by Casey O'Callaghan. Modelled by Ethan Harvey.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Lottie Higlett, gauntlets and mask by Amy Brown, hat decoration piece by Casey O'Callaghan. Modelled by Ethan Harvey.

Make-up and hair were done by the students collectively, with great help from Megan Barnett.

The Riddler and Twelfth Night

Costume made by Kelly J Morgan, cane by San Sae, hat by Lois Hutchison. Modelled by Patrick Riley.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Kelly J Morgan, cane by San Sae, hat by Lois Hutchison. Modelled by Patrick Riley.

Of course, an awesome project like this required an even more awesome homework: to watch all nine Batman films throughout the summer.

Green Arrow and the The Merchant of Venice

Costume made by Jasmine Clark, bow and arrow by Phoebe Thorn and Alex Shore, gauntlet by Hannah Davies. Modelled by Jack Greene.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Jasmine Clark, bow and arrow by Phoebe Thorn and Alex Shore, gauntlet by Hannah Davies. Modelled by Jack Greene.

Scarecrow and The Tempest

Costume made by Nina Sidney. Modelled by Joseph Jamfrey.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Nina Sidney. Modelled by Joseph Jamfrey.

Commissioner Gordon and Hamlet

Costume made by Chlöe Ranaboldo. Modelled by Ben Webber.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Chlöe Ranaboldo. Modelled by Ben Webber.

Ragman and The Tempest

Costume made by Helen Tams. Modelled by Jade Dillon.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Helen Tams. Modelled by Jade Dillon.

The Penguin and Titus Andronicus

Costume made by Steph Badley, umbrella by Jessica Mol, hat by Ffion Boyesen. Modelled by James Kay.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Steph Badley, umbrella by Jessica Mol, hat by Ffion Boyesen. Modelled by James Kay.

Two Face and Hamlet

Costume made by Issy Lawrence, make-up prosthetics by Ruth Mackenzie. Modelled by Arndis Gunnardottir.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Issy Lawrence, make-up prosthetics by Ruth Mackenzie. Modelled by Arndis Gunnardottir.

Mad Hatter and As You Like It

Costume made by Heather Filby. Modelled by Joseph Payne.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Heather Filby. Modelled by Joseph Payne.

Calendar Man and Twelfth Night

Costume made by Sofía Gutiérrez Romero, mask by Elly Willis. Modelled by Dan Patch.
Arts University Bournemouth

Costume made by Sofía Gutiérrez Romero, mask by Elly Willis. Modelled by Dan Patch.

These images are only a fraction of the vast amount of costumes and props the students created for this project – to see more, search for #ShakespeareSuperhero on Instagram and Facebook.

And if you liked this, stay tuned for the course's next project, Jambusters: a short feature film celebrating women's efforts in World War II.

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