Friday 4th May. BBC 4. 9pm. Costumes for the cinematic reconstructions. The Jazz Ambassadors tells the unknown story of when America deployed jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman and Dave Brubeck, along with their mixed-race bands, to fight on the frontlines of the Cold War. The plan was that they’d criss-cross the USSR, Asia and Africa, celebrating American culture and changing perceptions of what it meant to be black in America. In reality, these tours gave the Civil Rights Movement a voice on the world stage when it most needed one. Drawing on incredible performance archive and detailed personal accounts of the tours, as well […]
This gem was languishing in a London charity shop when I was attracted by it’s decaying splendour. When I discovered it, the pale green Tulle fascinator was almost completely shredded, so I hastily removed it, but you can still see the same fabric inside, stitched to the blocked straw Clover leaves. Construction is supported by a millinery wire frame and the Russia braid that gives detail on the leafs and stalks is now faded to the palest green. The jury is out on the main fabric – it feels soft, the texture of brushed Nylon, and it’s hard to see if it was knitted or woven. There are no manufacturers […]
As an antidote to the frenetic pace of life as a London based freelance Costumier, juggling contracts in TV and Theatre, I want to make time to document some crafts and skills that are becoming eroded by modern life. I want to offset the high tech world of the media, long working hours and a work/life balance that leaves precious little time for hobbies and pastimes by celebrating hand made items, each piece a tangible reminder of the lost value of everyday domestic craft. It gives me great joy to discover and rescue a piece of work that has been lovingly created, but somehow abandoned to a charity shop, car […]
Like buses, they all come at once. Three of my recent projects are broadcasting this week on the telly: Tonight, Monday 27th February 2017. 10pm. ITV. The Nightly Show – Costume Making for David Walliams. More than that, I can’t reveal, given that it’s a topical show. Tuesday 28th February 2017.8pm. C5. Inside Windsor Castle, part 3 – Costumes for the drama reconstructions. Thursday 2nd March 2017. BBC 2. 10pm. This World. The Attack – Terror in the UK. – Costume Design for Drama. Errrr……so something for everyone.
Starting tonight on C5, discover this four part series depicting the scandals, triumphs and betrayals in the Royal household. From Queen Victoria to Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, the drama reconstructions feature costumes sourced from hire, stock and the sewing machines of my small and talented team, and were styled on the spot on location.