In January 2017, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) by Her Majesty’s Privy Council.
The gaining of TDAP meant that for the first time in its 68-year history the College was entitled to create its own Academic Dress. Working closely with prestigious academic dress suppliers Ede & Ravenscroft the process began to have an approved design ready for the 2018 Graduation Ceremony.
In order for a design to be approved by Ede & Ravenscroft the design needed to be distinctive to Rose Bruford College. This was not as easy as first envisaged. For example if we wanted to use a rose, it had to be one evidenced and linked to the College. The College’s Archive Team fortunately had evidence of a Rose Bruford Rose being created in the 1960’s and there was photographic evidence we could send to Ede & Ravenscroft.
In the autumn of 2017 College students, alumni and staff were invited to help chose elements of the design and the colour scheme through a consultation process. Level 6 Costume Production Student Rebekah Greenwood was invited by the Academic Dress Committee to create an embroidered design for the jacquard that reflected the results of the consultation.
At the 2018 Graduation Ceremony held on Friday 14 September 2018, Rebekah Greenwood was presented with a commemorative jacquard by Principal, Clarie Middleton.
Rose Bruford Rose
In 1962 the prestigious rose growing company Wheatcroft Brothers introduced the Rose Bruford Rose as one of their ‘New Roses of the Year’.
The catalogue description is as follows:
‘Creamy peach petals heavily splashed and shaded with rosy bronze, form an exquisite symmetrical flower, lovely for cutting or the garden. Growth is vigorous and healthy and the flowering repeats quickly and profusely. A charming and dainty new rose.’
Lamorbey House Fleur-de-lis and Lion
The Fleur-de-lis decorated ceiling in the library and the lion-carving fireplace in the Fleur Chandler room are some of the most iconic features of Lamorbey House
Both have been incorporated into the design of the jacquard to acknowledge the College’s association with Lamorbey House and Sidcup since 1950.
The window at the top of the grand staircase in Lamorbey House features a stained glass design of the flower associated with the Suffragette movement.
The colour scheme chosen by the students, staff and alumni for the hood and trim is very much influenced by the ‘Suffragette Window’ and the colour scheme of violet for the hood (representing dignity) and green for the trim (representing hope) is particularly poignant in the centenary year of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote.