Jane L Bagnall
Costume Designer/Clinical Assistant Professor
Ms. Bagnall began her career with a degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) State University of New York, in New York City. After graduation, she took a position as a design assistant for a clothing manufacturer in New York City for a year before moving back to her home state of Michigan. After a time out to begin raising 2 children, Ms. Bagnall opened a custom clothing design studio, which she operated for about 6 years. While operating the business, she became reconnected with her first love – Theater, when a director friend for a local high school musical asked if she would design and build costumes for a production of Annie Get Your Gun. Shortly after that experience, Ms. Bagnall enrolled in the theater program at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She completed her B.A. in Theatre in 1995. While completing that degree, she was also hired by Hope College as their Costume Shop Manager and worked in the costume shop for Hope Summer Repertory Theater Company for 2 seasons. Upon graduating from Hope, Ms. Bagnall was accepted into the graduate program at Ohio University for Production Design and Technology with a full fellowship. She graduated from that program in 1998 then moved to the Chicago area. Ms. Bagnall's first job in Chicago was working as a cutter/draper at the Costume Exchange (now known as Steppenwolf Costume Shop). It was a wonderful introduction to Chicago theatre because she had the opportunity to work with some of Chicago’s best known Costume Designers. After just one year at the Costume Exchange, she was hired as the Resident Costume Designer by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Performing Arts. At that time the position was only part time so Ms. Bagnall began doing freelance costume design for theaters in and around Chicago, further enabling her to make valuable connections with many great local theaters and theater practitioners. After 2 years, when the UIC position became full time, she became the Resident Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager and began teaching for the department.
Ms. Bagnall has been working very hard to promote costume design and her classes have grown steadily over the past years. Her classes are now almost always filled to capacity and instead of Costume Construction being taught just once a year, it is offered every semester. Along with costume construction, she teaches Introduction to Costume Design, Make-up for Theater, Special Projects in Millinery Design and supervises Independent Studies in Costume Design. Ms. Bagnall is very happy to see the area of costuming growing at UIC with the addition this year of a Costume Shop Assistant. She looks forward to even more student interest and growth.