Monique Hollinshead


Freelance Costume Maker



Monique's training in theatre costume and subsequent years of experience means that she understands the requirements for performance costume in the fields of drama, dance and opera

TV & Film


Monique has produced individual costumes for programs such as Prank Patrol and My Parents are Aliens and has also been costume designer for programs such as National Geographic channel's Stone Age Atlantis.



Pregnancy paddings are a speciality, Monique has provided them for clients such as Mamas and Papas, Mothercare, ASOS as well as television and theatre. Monique has also worked with Hybrid FX to provide the paddingsto fit under clothes to blend seamlessly with their prosthetic skin.

Character Work


From a headlouse for Fullmarks shampoo to a pantomime horse the range of character costumes Monique produces is diverse.

Monique graduated in 1989 from the renowned Mabel Fletcher College, in Liverpool with an HND in theatre costume design. After gaining experience at Contact Theatre and Opera North, Monique taught Costume at Bretton Hall College and the University of Leeds. She now lives in South Cheshire and is dedicated full time to her freelance work.


You may have seen Monique's work in My Parents are Aliens, which is a children's television programme that ran for seven series. Monique made many of the costumes for Brian (played by Tony Gardner), as well as the children. This included a 5x size of replica boxing gloves! Monique also worked on another childrens programme, Prank Patrol with Barney Harwood, she made many monsters for Barney. Other work includes mice and rat costumes for Northern Ballet's Nutcracker and Mesolithic costumes for National Geographic Channel's Stone Age Atlantis.



Whilst at the University of Leeds Monique devised and delivered workshops as part of the widening participation agenda. She has continued to devise workshops for curriculum enhancement and can work to a brief to tailor workshops to suit the needs of a diverse age range and to fullfi the desired outcomes of the client.

Special Occasion Wear


Monique has made wedding dresses where a client has requested a unique design utilising period cutting and corsetry experience. Monique is happy to discuss your special occasion requirements.