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Costume Designer, Maker, Stylist, & Wardrobe Supervisor



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Handcrafted Treasures #2 The Vintage Shamrock Hat

Posted on 28 Mar 2018 in Handcrafted Treasures, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 […]

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Perfect Partners

Posted on 24 Aug 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Inside Windsor Castle

Posted on 14 Feb 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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.

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Saturday’s Child – Invisible

Posted on 08 Nov 2014 in Attachment Costume Project, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Number six in the Adoption Week Series exploring Attachment Disorder by way of Costume…. The shame of being in care is for some children unbearable. They can feel worthless and incompetent. Not seemingly to fit in with various Foster Carers, Adopters, Schools or Care Homes, they simply want to disappear. I chose an uncomfortable fabric that matched the mannequin’s colouring in order to make her ‘Invisible’. Arms and legs are restricted, as the child feels incapable, suppressed and unable to escape their situation, in spite of the best efforts of Social Care, Foster Carers and Adopters.

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Friday’s Child – Ruler

Posted on 07 Nov 2014 in Attachment Costume Project, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Number five in the Adoption Week Series of exploring Attachment Disorder by way of Costume… Inspired by The Rainbow Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, by Isaac Oliver, this costume is all about the domestic violence that can be witnessed at an early age. Heavily symbolic, the child is bubble wrapped into a historic form and uses found objects in an attempt to preserve their dignity. The headdress represents the effects of trauma and neglect on a young, developing brain. When a child is subject to trauma and neglect, the neurons fail to connect effectively, and this can lead to an emotional and behavioural  deficit. The eyes and ears drawn onto […]

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