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Interview: Cynthia Settje

Interview: Cynthia Settje

Cynthia Settje has made a successful career sewing for theater and historical costumers. What advice does she have for us?

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Interview with Sandi James

Interview with Sandi James

Sandi James shares her love of irreverent historical costuming, her favourite UK events, and English regional sunbonnets.

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Interview: Lucy of History Wardrobe

Interview: Lucy of History Wardrobe

We meet Lucy Adlington of  History Wardrobe - a true costume chameleon with a wealth of knowledge across centuries of fashion.

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Interview with Angela Burnley

Interview with Angela Burnley

Burnley and Trowbridge is a go-to source for historical costuming supplies and information. But how did they get started?

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Interview with Tasha Kelly

Interview with Tasha Kelly

Marion interviews Janet Arnold Award recipient Tasha Kelly about her research and experiences in the world of medieval re-enactment and arming clothes. 

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Interview with Jenny Tiramani

Interview with Jenny Tiramani

Marion talks to Jenny Tiramani of the Globe Theatre in London - custodian of the Janet Arnold Archive, and one of the founders of the School of Historical Dress.

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Interview with the Authors of The Tudor Child

Interview with the Authors of The Tudor Child

The Tudor Tailor is a staple of costume libraries, and the family is expecting a new addition with the upcoming publication of The Tudor Child...

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Interview: American Duchess

Interview: American Duchess

Lauren of American Duchess turned her costuming hobby into a career designing historical shoes. She talks to Elizabeth about getting started and the delights of embroidered 18th century mules...

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Interview with Jayne Shrimpton

Interview with Jayne Shrimpton

We talk to a dress historian, portrait specialist and photo detective about her work, and present a competition for you!

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Vintage Pattern Lending Library

Vintage Pattern Lending Library

Janyce Hill of the Vintage Pattern Lending Library tells us all about her ambitious archival project, showing us a few of her patterns.

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Izabela Zebrowska

Izabela Zebrowska

We intervew Izabela Zebrowska, an amazing costumer and proprietor of Prior Attire

 

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Interview - Cynthia Barnes

Interview - Cynthia Barnes

This month, we talk to Cynthia Barnes, a woman whose passion for historic dance has led to a consuming costuming hobby. Her costuming efforts have crossed a broad range of periods, and her efforts to get the right look have led her to collaborate with other craftsworkers to discover ways to reproduce distant costume accessories, like wheel farthingales and chopines.

In this interview, Cynthia joins us to discuss her latest projects, costuming herself as a man and the fine line between enthusiasm for vintage dance and historic costuming.

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Interview - Kass McGann

Interview - Kass McGann

Kass McGann has lectured on the subject of historical clothing on three continents, publishing articles on specific items of historic dress as well as how-to guides for reenactors. Unlike many costume historians who describe what clothing of a certain period looks like, Kass seeks to understand how it was made. Her business, Reconstructing History, makes this information available worldwide with an extensive line of historical dressmaker patterns that are exacting in historical detail and include copious notes of interest and simple directions.Kass talks to us this month about where her obsession came from, where she intends to take it, and how she deals with projects that won't behave themselves!

 

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Interview: Marion McNealy

Interview: Marion McNealy

This 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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Vivien Hoffpauir

Vivien Hoffpauir

Vivien 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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Judy Mitchell

Judy Mitchell

As 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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Cathy Hay

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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Mauritia Kirchner of Reine des Centfeuilles

Mauritia Kirchner of Reine des Centfeuilles

This 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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Kathryn Stelzer aka Madame Kat

Kathryn Stelzer aka Madame Kat

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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Thomas Sjølander

Thomas Sjølander

This 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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