Monday 13 September 2010


For me, this is the job in a visual nutshell.
Stories of a life, character, episode or event, shown in a garment.

Costume Designers, story tellers in their own right, give an audience clues to where a person comes from geographically, the period they inhabit, their history, class, profession, perhaps their emotional state and where they may be heading to or from at the moment we see them, through their clothing.

The garments they wear hold and exhibit tales through wear and tear and crisp newness alike. Mostly I love the wear and tear.

This is an original skirt, C1900, see the tiny hand stitching behind the repair, the fading and the fraying.
The skills of a good Breaking Down Artist are never to be underestimated, replicating these stories is a highly skilled technique.