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APSU student, costume designer presents “Gothique” March 21-24

One APSU student had the thrill of a lifetime when Ngila Dickson, costume designer for Lord of the Rings, stopped her at a convention to admire her outfit.

The Oscar winner spotted Ambera McGee dressed as Frodo from LOTR and marveled over her attention to detail. She had created a near-exact replica of the costume worn in the film.

McGees designs also drew attention recently in New Orleans, where she passed out all her business cards and had to write her e-mail address on scraps of paper for prospective buyers.
One APSU student had the thrill of a lifetime when Ngila Dickson, costume designer for “Lord of the Rings,” stopped her at a convention to admire her outfit.

The Oscar winner spotted Ambera McGee dressed as Frodo from “LOTR” and marveled over her attention to detail. She had created a near-exact replica of the costume worn in the film.

McGee's designs also drew attention recently in New Orleans, where she passed out all her business cards and had to write her e-mail address on scraps of paper for prospective buyers.

That's because in addition to recreating costumes from “Lord of the Rings,” “Interview with a Vampire,” “Legend of Zelda,” and more, McGee designs her own fashions. She'll be showing some of her original creations during her senior show, “Gothique.”

The exhibit will feature items inspired by Japanese gothic fashion, which McGee describes as “a take-off on American gothic, with Victorian styles made from newer materials.”

“Gothique,” which runs March 21-24 in the Trahern Student Gallery, Room 108, will feature live models wearing McGee's creations, as well as wall scrolls and illustrations.

The opening reception will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, March 21. “Gothique” will be on display through 4 p.m., Thursday, March 24.

McGee, the daughter of Jeoffrey and Yvette McGee of Hendersonville, will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration this May. After graduation, she has an internship with the costume department of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre.

A freelance illustrator, McGee plans to pursue a career in theatre and costume design.

For more information or to order a custom-made costume design, contact McGee at frodosensei@yahoo.com.
—Rebecca Mackey