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Georgian Dress

A few of my hand-made replica 18th century silk gowns, petticoats and stays photographed in and around the beautiful Assembly Rooms in Lincoln.

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Period Drama

In addition to the obvious attention to the historic period, costume design can be a much influenced by the character and appearance of an actress as the role she is to play.

Kate in stays and linen shift

Eighteenth Century Dressing

This short museum film on the layers of 18th century dress was commissioned by The Lady Lever Art Gallery and made by Crow’s Eye Productions, directed and filmed by Nick Loven.

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1930’s Ladies Suit

A 1930’s linen suit and silk blouse made for Grace Crowder (played by Victoria Rigby) for Crow’s Eye Productions’, drama-documentary ‘William’s Story’.

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WW1 ‘William’s Story’

We have just completed a WW1 drama documentary ‘William’s Story’ which included a flash-forward to the 1930’s and gave me the opportunity to make some lovely 1930’s children’s clothes.

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King John

The award-winning film Empty Throne was a commission for new arts and culture website 1215today.com/. The film was directed by Phil Stevens and made by Lincoln School of Film and Media. It was created as the centre piece for the website’s launch event at Lincoln Castle, the film is designed to give a tonal glimpse into some of the themes and events that lead to the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John.

Screen Grab. Will Crowder (C) Nick Loven

‘Bringing Blighty to the Soldier’

During the First World War women supplemented the basic military uniform by knitting for the men on the front line. These knitted items gradually became known as ‘comforts’. Perhaps it was as much the love with which they were knitted as the warmth they offered which comforted the men, even when they never knew who knitted them. It was like touching home.

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Five Specs Productions

The award-winning student film, The Fantastic’ was set in the 20’s. A combination of vintage clothes and modern reproductions were used – I even made a couple of silk dresses especially for the film!

Goodbye (c) Nick Loven

Knitting for the First World War

So many times people have said of the wonderful clothes created for ‘Tell Them of Us’, ‘I would wear that’. Women’s clothing in this period becomes recognisably modern. It is part of the story I wanted to tell, so a huge thank you to the amazing team of knitters, Centenary Stitches, who helped create such a believable and accurate wardrobe for the film.

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A gown for Queen Catherine Howard

In 2009 I was asked to re-create a Tudor gown fit for Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, for display at Gainsborough Old Hall to commemorate Henry and Catherine’s visit made as part of Henry’s Northern Progress in 1541.

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  • DSC_0452

    Georgian Dress

    A few of my hand-made replica 18th century silk gowns, petticoats and stays photographed in and around the beautiful Assembly Rooms in Lincoln.

  • 1918220_10154036139775148_2516455428759962237_n

    Period Drama

    In addition to the obvious attention to the historic period, costume design can be a much influenced by the character and appearance of an actress as the role she is to play.

  • Kate in stays and linen shift

    Eighteenth Century Dressing

    This short museum film on the layers of 18th century dress was commissioned by The Lady Lever Art Gallery and made by Crow’s Eye Productions, directed and filmed by Nick Loven.

  • 12183739_10153108305266363_747373169771797821_o

    1930’s Ladies Suit

    A 1930’s linen suit and silk blouse made for Grace Crowder (played by Victoria Rigby) for Crow’s Eye Productions’, drama-documentary ‘William’s Story’.

  • 1930's 2

    WW1 ‘William’s Story’

    We have just completed a WW1 drama documentary ‘William’s Story’ which included a flash-forward to the 1930’s and gave me the opportunity to make some lovely 1930’s children’s clothes.

  • ????????????????????????????????????

    King John

    The award-winning film Empty Throne was a commission for new arts and culture website 1215today.com/. The film was directed by Phil Stevens and made by Lincoln School of Film and Media. It was created as the centre piece for the website’s launch event at Lincoln Castle, the film is designed to give a tonal glimpse into some of the themes and events that lead to the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John.

  • Screen Grab. Will Crowder (C) Nick Loven

    ‘Bringing Blighty to the Soldier’

    During the First World War women supplemented the basic military uniform by knitting for the men on the front line. These knitted items gradually became known as ‘comforts’. Perhaps it was as much the love with which they were knitted as the warmth they offered which comforted the men, even when they never knew who knitted them. It was like touching home.

  • Harlaxton 2 2015-04-03 075

    Five Specs Productions

    The award-winning student film, The Fantastic’ was set in the 20’s. A combination of vintage clothes and modern reproductions were used – I even made a couple of silk dresses especially for the film!

  • Goodbye (c) Nick Loven

    Knitting for the First World War

    So many times people have said of the wonderful clothes created for ‘Tell Them of Us’, ‘I would wear that’. Women’s clothing in this period becomes recognisably modern. It is part of the story I wanted to tell, so a huge thank you to the amazing team of knitters, Centenary Stitches, who helped create such a believable and accurate wardrobe for the film.

  • Cloth of silver gown

    A gown for Queen Catherine Howard

    In 2009 I was asked to re-create a Tudor gown fit for Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, for display at Gainsborough Old Hall to commemorate Henry and Catherine’s visit made as part of Henry’s Northern Progress in 1541.

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    Using vintage patterns c. early 1900’s

    Instructions on how to use and care for vintage dress-making patterns. Including information on dating, patents and explanation of symbols.

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    The Lady of Shalott Costumes

    The Lady of Shalott themed paintings by John William Waterhouse provided the visual inspiration for the clothes worn by The Lady of Shalott in our filmed dramatisation.

  • Drawing (c) Pauline Loven

    Titanic Era Gown

    In the late 1980’s I worked as a volunteer collating the costume collection of the Hollytrees Museum in Colchester. I drew each of the costumes in detail for their information cards (this was in the days before digital cameras and digital data gathering)! So I thought I would occasionally share one of these drawings with… Read more »

  • Women's Land Army uniforms made by Pauline Loven

    Women’s Land Army Breeches

    An account of the research into recreating a pair of Women’s Land Army breeches. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life has a small costume collection, which is accessible by appointment, which holds at least one pair of Women’s Land Army breeches and a pair of overalls.

  • Tiffany Haynes as Rose

    Croquet and Crinolines

    ‘Roses’, a pastiche on the 1980’s cult film ‘Heathers’ was set in the early 1860’s. My principal reference was the croquet paintings by the American artist Winslow Homer. There is even a suggestion from these paintings that the women had indeed colour-coded their dress to the ball they were playing.