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New Blog location

I have just merged my period costume business with my son’s filmmaking business, Crow’s Eye Productions. I now have a new web page and I am gradually transfering the blog to that too. My new costume hire for film and … Continue reading

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Coming soon: more on the making of Mona Lisa’s gown!

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Copying an Edwardian Photograph for a Crow’s Eye Production Film.

Apart from the two men’s suits, I replicated all of the clothes in this picture from the boy’s wool suits to the girls’ linen sailor dresses and the ladies skirts and blouses. The girl’s’ dresses were finished with vintage trim … Continue reading

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Beetle wing-case bodice?

Is this beautiful iridescent and scaly bodice covered with beetle wing cases, much as the (newly restored) Ellen Terry gown: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-global/w-news/w-latest_news/w-news-famous-beetle-wing-dress.htm But then look at this painting, The Birthday, also by William Holman Hunt, is the cape made up of … Continue reading

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50% of The Lady of Shalott DVD sales are going to a special cause for the next month. Please help support us.

Head to the WAG Screen shop to make a purchase – thank you! For more on the special cause (in support of a dear friend and her family) go to the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood blog. If you want to help directly … Continue reading

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Eleanor Glanville; Lady of the Butterflies and a Rebel Heiress!

Eleanor Glanville’s story has been made into a novel by Fiona Mountain, initially called  Lady of the Butterflies the book has been renamed for the American market as ‘The Rebel Heiress’. Here is the finished book trailer: The actress playing … Continue reading

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The Luttrell Psalter Film

In 2006/2007 I co-produced and costumed the Luttrell Psalter film. This can now be viewed online free: The Luttrell Psalter Film, Director Nick Loven   Here is the first part of the story of making the costume: We took the … Continue reading

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Lady Eleanor Glanville, Lady of the Butterflies

We have been filming a few short sequences from the life of Lady Eleanor Glanville (c.1654–1709), the first English female lepidopterist. One of the things I had to make for this scene was a 17th century butterfly ‘clap net’, but … Continue reading

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Viking iron and ironing board!

Ok, so its not an iron and polishing board is a more appropriate term than ironing board, but they are for smoothing, pleating and polishing linen. These form part of the grave goods from a Viking era burial of a … Continue reading

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Queen Margaret’s Gold Dress early 15th c.

Last year (2009) I visited Uppsala in Sweden and made a particular point of visiting Uppsala cathedral where a number of significant surviving items of clothing are kept on display, including the clothes of Nils Sture (described by Janet Arnold … Continue reading

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