Fay Fullerton MBE

Fay Fullerton MBE

Head of Costume at the Royal Opera House


Can you tell me how you got started in your field?
‘I studied at the London College of Fashion. I studied both Fashion and Costume, but Costume was my passion and I was determined to turn it into my career.’

Name three things that have defined your career
‘London College of Fashion; my early mentor from Gordon Hutchings at the ROH; and my creativity and forward-thinking ability.’

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
‘When I was appointed as Head of Costume at the ROH and designed the costume for the West End show Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Debbie Allen, starring James Earl Jones and Adrian Lester.’

What is the biggest factor that has helped your success?

What challenges if any have you faced in your career?
‘Being a Black female in a management position was not easy. I always worked hard and aimed high, always substituting a negative with a positive.’

Can you name a person who has had a significant impact on you as a leader?
‘Tony Hall (CEO of the ROH from 2001 to 2012) for his deep understanding of the creative and diverse nature of my job.’

What is the most important risk you have taken?
‘Graduating from fashion college and choosing to work in an Opera House with no previous knowledge of opera or ballet costumes.’

Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how that made you feel and how you turned things around?
‘Fortunately, I have never reached a point where I felt like giving up.’

How do you see growth? What does it look like for you in the different stages of your career?
‘Growth for me is having my first role as a Junior Costumier, then being promoted to many different roles, and eventually Head of Costume 2012.’

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
‘I don’t think I would change my career path as I have accomplished many things in my field.’

How do you manifest creativity in your role?
‘Creativity is a versatile skill that manifests itself in different forms, from helping to bring out the best in someone to using an object to inspire you.’

What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
‘Aim high, work hard and follow your dreams.’


This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work!

Please upgrade today!