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Hilary Davidson

Hilary_Davidson_icon.gifThis month we interview Hilary Davidson, a curator of fashion and decorative arts at the Museum of London.

 

 

 

 

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Suzi Clarke

1790s robe by Suzi Clarke

British costumier Suzi Clarke has over 35 years' experience working with costume for theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal National Theatre, Amsterdam Opera, film, T.V., museums, and for static displays, re-enactors, historical dancers and costumed interpreters.

Friend of both Jean Hunnisett and Janet Arnold, she talks a bit about them and shares some tips with us.

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Ask The Experts - Katherine Caron-Greig

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Katherine Caron-Greig is the epitome of the obsessed amateur costumer. A teacher by trade, she spends her free time collecting and recreating historical costumes for her own amusement. Despite her taxing profession, she seems to retain boundless energy for her sewing and now boasts a historic wardrobe of dizzying proportions!

With experience of almost every historical period of clothing, Katherine has a special understanding of the pitfalls and opportunities that await the passionate hobbyist. After being our interviewee last month, Katherine kindly agreed to get comfortable in our hot seat for this month's Ask the Experts!

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Laura Mellin

Laura MellinThis month we interview Laura Mellin, aka "The Attack Laurel", about her extreme costuming and embroidery work. As someone who not only embraces but actually carries out Holy Grail projects every day, she's an inspiration to us all at YWU!
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Lorna Tate (Scotland)

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Lorna tells us about her life in sewing, from her first minidresses in the Sixties right through to a very modern bridalwear business!

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Shari Atalla (Netherlands)

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YWU attracts costumers and seamstresses from all parts of the world and all walks of life, but also from a wide variety of age groups.

This month our Reader Profile features one of our youngest readers. Shari's learning as fast as she can about the costume she loves and how to make it into a rewarding career...

 

 

 

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Ask The Experts - Diana Habra

dianasmall.jpg This month, Diana Habra of renaissancefabrics.net answers your questions about historical fabrics and how to use them, touching on Regency recreations, breathable linings and using sheer materials with confidence!

 

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Laurie Tavan of Daze of Laur

This month, our interviewee tells us all about her work as a designer and maker of fine historical costumes.

Laurie Tavan's obsession with costuming comes as something of a surprise to many people, including herself. She trained in the life sciences at Cornell University, diving into study of ornithology and marine ecology with great enthusiasm.

Nobody would have expected that just a few years after leaving school for the "real world," she would be on another track entirely, having fallen completely in love with historical costuming. She approached it with her signature single-minded zeal, personifying the concept that "anything worth doing is worth overdoing."

She brings to costuming a potent blend of rigorous historical research and free-spirited artistic drive.

 

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Viona Ielegems

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Costuming projects tend to fall, more or less, into one of two categories: there are those projects in which we strive for historical accuracy and detailed facts, and there are those in which we depart on a tangent, using our own ideas to create a personal but fictional vision.

Neither is a less worthy pursuit than the other, but the fictional is often dismissed as sloppy or simply wrong. Extraordinary Belgian artist Viona Ielegems is here to show us otherwise. Her work demonstrates the enormous value in playing with fact to create a compelling and beautiful fiction...

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