I present ‘Historical Fashions Shows’, Lectures/Talks & Costume Displays.
As an Costume Designer I explain the practical aspects of Tudor Costume design and construction from inception to completion. I explore the significance of the costume in relation to the history of the period. I also include details of my use of patterns, fabrics and sourcing of all materials. Gain a unique insight into garment construction of historically inspired costumes.
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I currently present a number of costume events which include Period Fashion Shows, Costume displays and lectures.
My costume talk is a very interesting, lively and informative lecture about the design/construction and inspiration for my historical gowns as well as a brief history of the people who wore them. It includes a display of costumed mannequins used to illustrate my design techniques. My talks have proved to be very popular with all types of groups particularly the Women’s Institute and Embroiderers Guilds. We have presented costume events for a number of WI’s including Northumberland, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Durham and Tyne and Wear WI.
My Tudor Fashion Show includes a number of superb costumes I have designed worn by four models. They are accompanied by beautiful period music, a brief history of each historical figure and a talk about the design and construction of each costume. Our show includes Mary Queen of Scots taking off her velvet robes to reveal her elegant execution gown.
Venues for my events include libraries, churches and stately homes. I have presented Fashion Shows and displays in the beautiful castles of Raby and Muncaster. They proved to be a splendid setting for my costumes!
We also presented a Tudor Fashion Show at Trinity Apse – a 15th Century Church in Edinburgh. My show was part of the ‘Festival of Museums’. Costumes worn in the show were also used for a photo session which took place in Princes Street and Blackford Hill in Edinburgh - they were featured in the local newspaper ‘The Scotsman’.
As part of Newcastle Fashion Week I presented a display called ‘Kings and Queens in Costume’ at Newcastle City Library – we also presented a period Fashion Show at the same venue to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Royal Armouries in Leeds was an excellent venue for a Period Fashion Show. It was presented in the exciting Tournament Gallery. We are looking forward to returning to the Royal Armouries in 2015 to present a Regency talk to commemorate the bi-centenary of the battle of Waterloo.
At Belsay Hall I presented two stunning Tudor costume displays and nine fabulous period fashion shows as part of the ‘Fashion from the Past Weekend’ organised by English Heritage. – over three thousand five hundred visitors attended our events during a Bank Holiday Weekend.
I have also presented a number of costume talks for Lauriston Castle near Edinburgh which were included in their programme of popular Lauriston lectures.
In Stockton in Teesside I organised an exciting ‘Tudor Fashion Show’ to celebrate the reopening of the splendid new Stockton Central Library.
We also presented a fabulous Fashion Show for the SWRI (Scottish Women’s Rural Institute) as part of their annual meeting. It took place in the second largest concert venue in Edinburgh – the aptly named Queens Hall. It was a great success with over three hundred members attending our show.
As part of their literary festival a 16th Century themed evening was organised at Middlesbrough Library. A talk by popular historical author Tracy Borman was followed by my Tudor talk and costume display – it proved to be very popular indeed – a sell out!
I also recently presented a new talk for 2014 called ‘Enter the World of Jane Austen’ . Our venue was Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire run by the National Trust – it was very successful indeed - the Hall proved an excellent setting for my Regency Costume display.
I also presented a Tudor costume lecture with display at beautiful Auckland Castle. My talk was part of a series of Tudor themed events. The current Tudor Exhibition at Auckland includes Henry VII’s ‘Paradise Bed’ and a number of 16th Century portraits/artefacts.
A recent highlight for me personally was being asked to ‘Dress the Stars’ at The Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland. ‘Dressing the Stars is an exhibition of award winning costume designs by British designers. Included were clothes worn by Johnny Depp as ‘Jack Sparrow’ in Pirates of the Caribbean, gowns worn by Cate Blanchett in the major motion picture ‘Elizabeth’, a costume worn by Orlando Bloom in Troy, dresses from ‘The Duchess’ starring Kiera Knightley, as well as costumes from ‘Sense and Sensibility’ with Kate Winslet. I really enjoyed working at the Woodhorn and would love to work with them again.