Orange Silk Tudor GownPlease find below a selection of testimonials received after our events –

Steven Woodford Contextual Studies Lecturer, Hull School of Art and Design, 2014. 

“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.”   


Liz Ritson – Exhibitions and Events – Woodhorn Museum Ashington in Northumberland

“We have hosted several costume talks & a fashion show by Julia at Woodhorn which have been very popular with our audiences. In both the costume talks & fashion show Julia presented her beautifully crafted costumes in a lively, entertaining & informative manner. Julia covered subjects including the making of the costumes, costume history in general & also the history of the characters that inspired her costumes, which made for a fascinating all-round experience. We would not hesitate in recommending Julia to other organisations interested in costume themed events & exhibitions”.

Regency Mannequins wearing Underwear, an Afternoon Dress and a Lilac Silk Evening Gown

  Claire Pratt –  Stockton Libraries and Heritage Service

At Stockton we have been fortunate to book costume designer Julia on two occasions – once for her sublime ‘Tudor Fashion Show’ and once for ‘Enter the World of Jane Austen.’Her blend of historical detail and stunning costume design really brought both periods to life.The fashion show was a sell out accompaniment to our Tudor themed library opening programme and featured outfits from Henry V111 and James 1 to Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth 1.‘Enter the World of Jane Austen’ was a talk packed with humorous anecdotes and interesting historical facts as well as incredibly detailed information about the design and construction of the exquisite costumes.I cannot recommend Renaissance Costumes highly enough. 

Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Mary Queen of Scots and Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Mary Queen of Scots and Anne Boleyn

Raymond Pratt  – General Secretary – Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes

“I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Renaissance Costumes if you are looking for something different to entertain your guests. The costumes that were worn, all authentic of the period, gave a fascinating insight into the Tudor era and the fashions worn during that period. We booked them for our  evening entertainment at one of our large scale events and our members were very impressed by the professionalism of the company. Everyone commented on how they were both entertained and learnt so much about that period in history”.  

Rachel Milner – Marketing & Events Supervisor Raby Castle

Julia provided us with 2 fashion shows on one day and both shows had standing room only. Our visitors comments were great on the day and all seem to thoroughly enjoy the presentation. Julia herself was professional yet friendly and personable throughout the time we were working with her, paying specific attention to details. The models were also very professional and put on a believable and authentic performance. We wouldn’t hesitate in working with Julia again”.


 Lynn Mitchell – Teesside Federation WI Annual Council Meeting 

“At the 31st Annual Council Meeting at St Mary’s Centre in Middlesbrough the speaker was Julia Soares-McCormick, a renaissance costume designer and she brought some of her costumes along to show us. Four costumes: a Tudor masquerade dress; an Ann Boleyn dress, a Queen Elizabeth I dress and the outfit worn by Mary, Queen of Scots for her execution. Julia had made all the dresses and told us how they were made – and how they were worn back then. We even had a visit from King Henry himself, dressed in all his finery – what a marvellous sight!”

Audrey Flanagan – Dunelm Women’s Institute

Julia and her Tudor Costume Display was the speaker at the Dunelm Group of WI’s in County Durham in April. The members of the five WI’s involved were educated in the finer details of Tudor Dress, enlivened with historical anecdotes and applauded King Henry VIII’s codpiece. Julia and Henry (her husband) were very willing to answer questions during the talk and members had ample time to view the costumes at the end. Can highly recommend Julia. The talk is educational, humorous and Henry wasn’t bad either.

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