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.
I recently presented a Tudor Costume Talk with display for Hull College on 29th January – please read the comment below -
“Julia delivered a talk which was both engaging and enlightening; managing to illuminate royal history through the act of dress making. As such Julia’s talk was unique in this perspective; demonstrating how the “performance of dress” can be used as propaganda to assure others of your God-given right to rule them, how dress can act as a form of dissent when your voice has been silenced, as well as how clothing aids the act of seduction through the promise it belies of the body beneath.”Steven Woodford, Contextual Studies Lecturer, Hull School of Art and Design, 2014.
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 10 miles north of of Newcastle upon Tyne.
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. 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.
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 Teesside 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.
In 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 May – it was preceded by nine of our fashion shows during the recent Bank Holiday Weekend – over three thousand five hundred visitors attended our events.
We have also presented a Historical Fashion Show at Newcastle Central Library to celebrate 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.
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.
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.