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King James School

Almondbury, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

O Levels gained 1979

Latin, French, English literature, English Language, Geography, Dress, Art 16+, Mathematics

Dewsbury & Batley Technical & Art College

Batley, West Yorkshire

Degree gained in 1981

YHCFE in Fashion Design & Pattern Cutting

Professional experience

Sept 1981- July 1982 Fashion by Sarah Peter Milnsbridge Huddersfield:- Suede Garment Cutter

1982-1984 Freelance theatre costume maker

April-1984-April 1985 West Yorkshire Youth Association:- Craft & Sewing Tutor in Youth Clubs etc

Sept 1985-Feb 1986 National Childrens Centre Huddersfield:- Craft & Sewing Tutor to the Unemployed

Feb 1986-June 1987 Berman & Nathan Theatrical Costumiers, Camden Town, London:- Fittings and Alteration Dressmaker

 June- August 1987 Royal Opera House Covent Garden:- Men’s Costume Maker (temp contract), also freelance dresser and costume designer

August 1987- April 1988 Morris Angels Theatrical Costumier Shaftesbury Avenue London:- Costumier in the Ladies Dept for film, theatre etc, organising costumes for productions, arranging fittings, packing for shipping etc

April 1988- Sept 1989 Middlesex Polytechnic. Trent Park Cockfosters London:- Costume Technician/Tutor to the BAPA students

Sept 1989- present day:- Freelance Designer & Maker of Costumes, Historical clothing, Uniforms and Bridal wear for private clients, museums, film and theatre both male and female here and abroad.

Clients have included

Watford Palace Theatre: - Both as a freelance maker for pantomime and other productions and touring Wardrobe Mistress

Bill Kenwright: -Touring Wardrobe Mistress

Franco Zefferelli (Hamlet):- Making of arming garments for the bodyguard

English Heritage: - Teddy Bears (human sized), Victorian hats and Polish Lancers c1812

Royal Armouries: - Medieval blacksmiths, 1850’s artillery uniforms for dummies, Uniform for Indian Mutinies Gallery, Henrykian clothing for Jousters

Jersey museum services:- 1780’s and 1850’s artillery uniforms

The King of Norway: - recreating the 13 strong, 1608 bodyguard which is now used at royal functions, including gloves, hats, stockings and the research necessary

English Ambassador in Tashkent: - 17thc patterns for a pageant

Numerous Military Museums and private collectors worldwide

The Globe Theatre: - making gloves and clothing for production

Bjork Stage Costumes 2001 Tour

Pussers Rum:- 2 Nelson Uniforms 1 displayed in St Pauls Cathedral

Kensington Palace :- 1740's Court clothing for Educational Dept

Apsley House :-Victorian clothing for Educational Dept

Development of a Jacobite Clothing Collection for highland clothing company Mackenzie Frain



Studd: - patterncutting and grading S/S 2001 & A/W 2001 collections, advising on knitwear collection, production management, sampling and costings

Tata-Naka: - patterncutting, production management, knitting, costings and running backstage for their A/W 2001 collection

Production management for Marjan Pejowski, Preen and Sophia Malig

+ a wide variety of other work including wedding dresses and grooms clothing, designing and wardrobing fringe productions, working for Berketex Brides as a freelance fitter/alteration hand, as well as private commissions for both period and modern clothing. Recent client list has stretched from Israel, via Australia, Canada and America to Germany and Peterborough

Other Skills

Corset making (as originals were made), Pattern cutting,glovemaking, knitting, netting and crochet. Leatherwork. Lecture in history of costume and sewing/tailoring techniques and developments, also 18th and ealry 19thc domestic life, food, drink etc. Planned and staged, historical events for bodies such as English Heritage, Wallace Collection, National Trust and other historic houses and museums and corporate clients. One time committee member of both The Medieval Dress & Textile Society and the Museum of London ‘Friends of Fashion’, writing the newsletter of the former and helping organize conferences and lectures

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