In 2015 we (Crow’s Eye Productions) were contacted by Pauline Rushton, costume curator of The Lady Lever Art Gallery, to make a short film of the sequence of dressing in the 18th century. The film was to be part of the media interpretation of the 18th century gallery which featured many portraits of wealthy society ladies. The idea was … Continue reading “‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ – Viral Video”
Recently I reproduced Mona Lisa’s clothing for a film by Gardener Creatives for Italian television. The gown was worn by a descendant of Mona Lisa… Continue reading “Mona Lisa”
When we are filming the priority is, obviously, filming. So I don’t always get an opportunity to record the costumes made.Sometimes clothes can be on the screen for seconds that have taken weeks to make, or they may not even be in shot at all… Continue reading “Georgian Dress”
Here is a sneak peak at the making of a short museum film on the layers of 18th century dress. It was commissioned by The Lady Lever Art Gallery and made by Crow’s Eye Productions, directed and filmed by Nick Loven. Continue reading “Eighteenth Century Dressing”
As part of our WW1 drama-documentary, William’s Story’, we have followed the story of the Crowder family into the post war years. This necessitated making a 1930’s suit for Grace Crowder and filming her at the home she moved to from Lincolnshire: Sutton Poyntz in Dorset.
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. Here are some screen grabs from the shoot.
Occasionally, a crazily short notice request arrives. Phil Stevens of Urban Apache Films had be tasked with making a short film, The Empty Throne, with the Lincoln School of Film and Media. The timing left me just one week to assemble/make costume in time for filming…
‘Tell Them of Us’, WWI Film
Even before the script was written for ‘Tell them of Us’, I spent a year researching and gathering vintage resources to begin creating the costume. The film was to be set in the Lincolnshire village of Thimbleby during WW1. As I worked I became aware of just how much clothing was hand knitted during the period and realised that to only include sewn clothing would have been a distortion… Continue reading “Knitting for the First World War”
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.
Making the Lady of Shalott’s gowns for The Lady of Shalott film.
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 dramatisation.
‘Roses’ is a short film, of about five minutes in length, starring Tiffany Haynes and directed by Nick Loven.
Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Mona Lisa, thought to beLisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy Florentine silk merchant, is magnificently enigmatic. Even her clothing veils her in mystery. In order to recreate her clothes I had to peel back the layers as the swathes of dark silk mask the details of her dress giving only hints of the garments that lie beneath.
The Luttrell Psalter is a medieval manuscipt which was created around 1325-1340 for a Lincolnshire Lord. In 2006/2007 I co-produced and costumed a filmed dramatisation of the images of everyday medival life in the Luttrell Psalter film, many of which take the form of comic sketches. We took the decision early on in the process of making the Luttrell Psalter film, and in consultation with The Collection (the museum in Lincoln for whom the film was made), to reproduce recognisable images from the Psalter rather than to reinterpret them. Continue reading “Luttrell Psalter Film”
Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Johannes Vermeer.
‘Recreating Johannes Vermeer’s iconic and enigmatic painting Girl with a Pearl Earring was an irresistible temptation. In fact I had been considering this for some time and had already collected a number of yellow and blue silks that were tucked away safely somewhere in my textiles stash’.
Eleanor Glanville was the first English female lepidopterist. She has a butterfly named after her, the Glanville Fritillary, which was initially known as the Lincolnshire Fritillary as that was where she first captured it in the 1690’s.