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Interview: Marion McNealy

Marion McNealyThis month marks the first anniversary of Marion McNealy's association with Your Wardrobe Unlock'dTM, firstly as Sub-Editor and now as our Editor. It's a role that keeps her busy helping Publisher Catherine Hay to create content and manage the technical side of keeping the site running.

Marion has a rich background in historic costuming through her research into the lives of common German women in the Renaissance era. She joins us to discuss her research as well as to give us a glimpse of how she became involved with online publishing.

 

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Cathy Hay

This month we ask YWU's founder about her own sewing work, why she started YWU and where she sees the site going in the future.

 

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Thomas Sjølander

Thomas SjolanderThis month Cathy interviews Danish artist Thomas Sjølander.

You may not recognise his name, but you'll know his work: Thomas did the incredible machine embroidery on the costumes for some of your favourite movies, including Finding Neverland, Phantom of the Opera and most recently, The Duchess.

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Vivien Hoffpauir

Vivien HoffpauirVivien Hoffpauir is an artist and designer of boundless energy who has found business success bringing her enthusiasm for "Lolita" style to American women.

This month, she talked to us about her creative influences, her unique and very original twist on traditional 18th century European clothing - and what led her to start up not one, but two commercial fashion labels, including one of the first lines of Lolita clothing sold outside Japan.

 

 

 

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Mauritia Kirchner of Reine des Centfeuilles

mauritia.jpgThis month, we talk to a master of accurate historical costume, German artist Mauritia Kirchner. Her portfolio features a vast selection of the most extraordinary historical reproductions, complete in every detail down to the exquisite hand embroidery and taking an average of six months to complete.

Mauritia agreed to talk to us about her work, her principles, her methods and her dream project.

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Jill Salen

Jill Salen, author of

This month we have the pleasure of having an exclusive interview with Jill Salen, author of the new book "Corsets", which we are reviewing this month.

She shares with us what insprired her to write the book, how she got started and what her next book will be.

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Judy Mitchell

Judy MitchellAs co-owner of the Lord of the Rings Costuming Website and the F-Costume Yahoo Group , Judy Mitchell is a costuming evangelist. In May, she will head up historic costuming activities at this year's CostumeCon in Baltimore, MD. Judy joins us this to discuss her passion for Scandanavian costumes and to give us a preview of what to expect at CostumeCon.

 

 

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Kathryn Stelzer aka Madame Kat

Kathryn Stelzer If you make costumes for yourself, it's important not only to study the past, but to develop a sense of personal style.

One woman who has no trouble combining her own take on the Victorian bustle period with elements of Goth, steampunk and pure fantasy is Kathryn Stelzer of Philadelphia in the United States, known to her friends as Madame Kat.

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Linda Sparks

Linda Sparks This month we interview Linda Sparks, owner of Farthingales LA and Farthingales (Canada).

She talks about how she got started, why she started Farthingales and about her book on corsets coming out in December!

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