Friday, 29 July 2011

The Classical Influence.

I've been working on a couple of films recently around London so on my day off I decided to take a quick look at the British Museum.

Everyone knows the influence of classicism on early French 'Empire' and to some extent late Georgian fashion in England. However, I was absolutely fascinated and inspired to come face to face with  actual pieces of Greek and Roman sculpture and jewellery which inspired the fashion, hairstyles and jewellery in this period.

Typical Classical Inspired dress and jewellery of the 'Empire' period

Roman diadem - British Museum

Late 18th Century Cut Steel diadem

Roman Bust with interesting hairstyle

Costume Parisien 1811

Roman Necklace with amethyst and emerald stones- British Museum

Detail of Roman Diadem - British Museum

Friday, 15 July 2011

Dressing the Stars - detailed photos

Here are some of my photos of the exhibition. 
Sleeve detail, coronation robe from ' Elizabeth'

Bustle dress from 'Tess'

Detail of wedding dress from 'The Duchess'

Costume from 'Restoration'

Monday, 11 July 2011

A busy weekend in Bath.

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy. I was pleased to be able to have a nice weekend in Bath and to attend the 'Grand Regency Ball'. On Friday I was asked by my friend Yvonne Hobbs to help in the final stages of dressing the costumes in her exhibition 'Dressing the Stars' at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. The costumes which are on display are from films such as The Kings Speech, Gladiator, Troy, The Duchess,  Pirates of the Caribbean and many more. It was wonderful to be able to get so close to these famous costumes and to see the level of detail. I was very inspired. The exhibition runs from the 12th July until the 29th August 2011.
Detail of Marianne's wedding dress from 'Sense and Sensibility'

Marianne's wedding headdress from 'Sense and Sensibility'

Sewing jewelry into place on costumes from 'The Duchess'

The 'Grand Regency Ball' was fun on Saturday although I do despair that people continue to use synthetic fabrics to make dresses of this period....... Some friends and I also decided to promenade around Bath on Saturday daytime.

Finally, one of my customers sent me a photo of the coat and breeches I had made for him.