Sunday, 9 January 2022

Cher Tribute

I have been delighted to design and make another tribute costume, this time for the talented Charlie Leighton for her Cher tribute act with MRC Presents. This was a brilliant challenge, as always with tribute costumes you want to get the look and feel of the artist while still creating something new and different. I was asked to design and make her a bodysuit, black with plenty of rhinestone embellishment. I used a combination of gunmetal grey, black, clear and red rhinestones to give different tones and degrees of sparkle.

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Brush Up Costumes

 Another group costume commission for competition costumes for the Jamie Lee Dance Academy!

Black and Gold

A group costume commission, dance competition costumes for the Jamie-Lee Dance Academy!

Note - It has been a LONG time since I have updated my blog - sorry about that guys, the last two years have been a strange and busy two years so bear with me!

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Opera 2021!

Back at West Green House Opera again for another wonderful Opera! Despite challenges caused by Covid as always this talented and dedicated group put on another wonderful Opera, this year I have been wardrobe assisting on Eugene Onegin. Hoping to be back again for 2022!

Sunday, 18 July 2021

The Unforgettable Anna May Wong, Red Dragonfly Productions

This has been a fantastic show to work on - unfortunately delayed by Covid - with four lavish 1920's Chinese/American inspired costumes that I have been able to design and make for the brilliant Red Dragonfly Productions! These are four of the most ornate costumes I have ever designed and made, all inspired by actual clothes and costumes worn by the original Anna May Wong, and include headpieces and a heavily embellished collar piece. 

A section of the show was performed as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Southampton, and so I can release a photo of this costume as it has been seen onstage, but it is only one to be seen on stage so far so watch this space for more production photos!

This is based on perhaps one of Anna May Wongs most iconic costumes, and I had to put the mannequin on my table to be able to take this photo due to the length of the train and to be able to get all the detail in. As this, as well as the others, is a quick change costume it has a front opening and is made with a stretch satin, with a gold and red dragon and multicoloured rhinestones the full length of the dress.

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Hedwig, Competition Costume

Working with the Jamie Lee Dance Academy again designing and making a competition costume with headpiece for one of their dancers, for a character dance inspired by Hedwig, the beautiful white and grey owl from the Harry Potter series.

This was a fun challenge in creating the 'wings' without them interfering with her ability to do the dance.


Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Paris Competition Costume

I got the competition photos through from the dance competition for the Paris costume! This is one of the dance competition costumes from the Weymouth dance competition in October.

I am so pleased with how this costume turned out, and hope to be working on more dance competition costumes soon!