Dressing the Stars

I am very pleased to announce I have been asked to ‘Dress the Stars’ by Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland.   

‘Dressing the Stars is a an exhibition of award winning costume designs by British designers.  There will be about forty costumes included  – they can be viewed from 16th February to the 19th June 2013.  The collection is on loan and was put together by Curator Yvonne Hellin-Hobbs.

It will be very interesting as a costume designer to see so many famous outfits from well known and well loved films.

As I dress the mannequins it will be exciting to discover how they have been constructed both ‘inside and out’ – I’m really looking forward to it.

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Costumes include:-

The very famous costume worn by  ‘Jack Sparrow’ played by Johnny Depp in ‘Pirates of the Carribean’.

Wonderfully glamorous  gowns worn by Keira Knightley as ‘The Duchess’  – a film about the life of the Duchess of Devonshire and a beautiful silk suit worn by Ralph Fiennes as her husband.

Costumes worn by Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth as King George and Queen Elizabeth in that unforgettable film  ‘The Kings Speech’ – included are dresses worn by their daughters – Elizabeth and Mary Rose.

I think my particular favourites will a gown worn by Cate Blanchett in ‘Elizabeth’ a film about the early life of the famous Tudor Queen – and a stunning costume worn by Judi Dench as an older Elizabeth I in the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ .

For lovers of Jane Austen – outfits worn by Kate Winslet , Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant in ‘Sense and Sensibility’ will also be on display.

Also included are costumes from Troy, Gladiator,’Henry V, Tess, Death on the Nile, Restoration and Howards End as well as others.

Roger Furse was the first British Designer to win an Oscar for Hamlet in 1948.  The costume worn by Laurence Olivier will also be included in this wonderful exhibition.  Since then British Costume designers have won numerous awards. Not only will the costumes themselves be on display but information about the designers and the process to create a film costume.

As part of the ‘costume events’ at the Woodhorn this year I will be presenting a ‘Mothers Day Costume Talk ‘ on 10th March at 2pm.  It is called ‘Tudor Costume Design- Bring History to Life’  – a very interesting, lively and informative talk about the design and construction of my 16th Century inspired clothes as well as a brief history of the people who wore them. My costumes have been inspired by outfits worn in such films as ‘Henry VIII and his Six Wives’ and  ‘Elizabeth The Golden Age’. Included is an appearance by King Henry VIII in full regalia.


I will also present a ‘Period Costume Fashion Show‘ on  Monday 6th May at , 12 noon and 2 pm. The show includes beautiful period music and gowns inspired by costumes from a number of films including ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’ and ‘Mary Queen of Scots’.  Elizabeth I ,Henry VIII, James VI, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and tragic Mary Queen of Scots wearing her Execution Robes will all be included.


Events not to be missed if you are interested in films or costume or both!

I look forward to seeing you there.

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  1. Eliza says:

    Hey I have learnt a lot about costumes reading your post – Will have to come to see the exhibition – it looks amazing!!

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