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.
If you are interested in booking an event please read the ‘Why Book Us’ tab – you can also click on the headlines to read about our exciting events. - we are based in Cramlington near Newcastle upon Tyne.
I will be presenting two Tudor Fashion Shows at Raby Castle in Durham on Monday 27th May at 1pm and 3pm. ‘Elizabeth the Golden Age’ starring Cate Blanchett was filmed at Raby Castle. My shows will be presented in the Barons’s Hall – a stunning historical setting for my costumes! Please read my post ‘Regal Raby’ above for more details.
I studied at Sunderland University and Nottingham Trent University graduating with a BA (Hons) Theatre Design. I worked in Theatres in the Midlands before going on to design and produce costumes privately. During my period at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre I worked on a major production of ‘My Fair Lady’ starring Tony Britton and Liz Robertson. I created jewellery for Dame Anna Neagle who played the part of Professor Higgins’ Mother.
I present talks/costume events to groups about the design and construction of my outfits using a selection of costumes mannequins to illustrate my design techniques. These talks have proved to be very popular with all types of groups.
I appeared on BBC Look North wearing my costumes for a photo shoot at a local stately hall in Durham. My husband and I have also appeared together in costume at Crook Hall. Recently we traveled to Durham to publicise ‘World Book Day’. I have also been interviewed by a North-East based online magazine called sheVue. Click on the YouTube panel above to see exciting video created by euvue.
As part of Newcastle Fashion Week I presented a display called ‘Kings and Queens in Costume’ at Newcastle City Library – it proved to be very popular. I have also displayed my Henry VII Costume and costume accessories at Gosforth Library.
Venues for my Historical Fashion Shows have included Newcastle, Carlisle and Edinburgh. My Edinburgh Show (which was part of the Festival of Museums) was presented at Trinity Apse – a 15th Century Church which provided a stunning backdrop for my costumes. The event proved to be very popular indeed – feedback was tremendous. Costumes from the show were used for a photo shoot in the centre of Edinburgh – see my website for the stunning photographs taken in unusual settings and take a look below at video we shot at the event.
I presented a stunning costume display for Belsay Hall in Northumberland and four fabulous fashion shows of period costumes for the ‘Fashion from the Past Weekend’ arranged by English Heritage last year.
I have also presented a talk about the design and construction of my costumes as part of the ‘Lauriston lectures’ at Lauriston Castle near Edinburgh and a fantastic Fashion Show at Darras Hall for the Northumberland WI.
In Stockton in Tees side I organised a ‘Tudor Fashion Show’ to celebrate the reopening of the splendid new Central Library.
I have also presented a costume event for North Tyneside Council which proved very popular indeed – it was reported that ‘the venue could have been filled twice over’ – read more about this event in my post above - Wonderful Wallsend.
Last April we presented a Fashion show at the exciting Royal Armouries in Leeds which proved to be very popular – the tournament gallery was full to capacity.
Following our success at Belsay Hall for English Heritage last year we presented a costume display for Belsay Hall in Morpeth in May 2012 – it was preceded by nine of our fashion shows during the recent Bank Holiday Weekend – over two thousand people attended our events.
Last June we presented a Historical Fashion Show at Newcastle Central Library it was included in celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
As part of their literary festival a talk was presented at Middlesborough Library by the popular historical author Tracy Borman. It was followed by my costume lecture with mannequins and a very interesting question and answer session. The evening proved to be very popular indeed -it was fully booked.
In September 2012 we 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.
Our ‘Tudor Talks’ for Primary Schools are proving very popular – we have presented our events in a number of schools in the area – for more details of our past event click the category Talks/Schools/Groups.
We would love to present our events in the United States so if you are interested in booking us please do not hesitate to contact me.