Since my last post I have been rather busy and have failed to keep my blog updated. In addition to all my other Crow’s Eye Productions work, my daughter Kate had asked me to make her wedding dress!
It was a year in the making. Kate designed the dress. We purchased the fabric, a beautiful draping silk fabric, on a trip to London last winter, and in January I started with the first toile. Once we were happy with the cut, I then made a version in some cheap fabric, to see if the design was working, and then again to test different details and sleeve options. I also tried three different finish techniques on the seams and hems, before I applied them to the finished dress, to make sure it was all to the highest standard. Six fittings later and the dress was done, one week before the wedding!
Kate also made the ties for the wedding party including her husband Tom’s. So I took a tiny detail from the Liberty silk she used and sewed it into the petticoat of her wedding dress, along with some vintage lace for the something old and something blue.
Audience – Liv Free Naomi Lambert-Smith Charlotte Napper Carmel Kazadi Charlotte Page Karen Hunter Emma Haigh Pamela Marnie Emily Bickerdike Charlotte Brindley Emma Kirkup Stephanie Riley Sarah Cliffe Lucie Evans Aiden Van Rensburg Karen Y Crow Kathy Coulson William Richardson Andrew MacDonald Kieran Speed Keith Loven John Males Will Quirk Curtis Clapham
Young woman’s friends: Charlotte Halse, Sophie Halse
Family: Victoria Rigby, Susan Thorpe, Ian Atkinson, Adam Fox, Tiffany Haynes
Soldier: Reece Ackerman
Other cast: Gordon MacFarlane, Judith MacFarlane, Tim Walker, Bryony Roberts, Carolyn and Emily Paige, Victoria Louise Newman, Sophie and Leo Newman, Graham Newton, Peter Halse, Sophie Halse, Faye Hinckley, Lucy Blanchard, Charlie Roberts, Faith Roberts, Lizzie Ashley, Emma Louise Clarke, Kate Loven.
Our short film on the uniform and life of the Women’s Land Army during the second World War.
Costumes by Pauline Loven, Directed and filmed by Nic Loven and starring Holly Turner, Jasmine Clark and Laura Jane Johnson with Bryony Roberts, Victoria Louise Newman and Aimee Tyas. Filmed in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
We have just finished filming ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Gentleman’, for Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums of Liverpool. The film will be part of a new exhibition on costume and is a companion to the ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ film on a wealthy woman’s attire we made earlier.
The film is currently in post production and the music is being composed by Chris Gordon.
Here is taster screen grab:
and some behind the scenes pictures by Adam Fielding:
The location was South Ormsby Hall in the Lincolnshire Wolds, and it was blowing quite a blizzard the day we filmed. However, we were fortunate to reach the hall on time and for all the crew to reach home again before the roads became blocked.
Directed by Nic Loven, cast: Philip Stevens (Gentleman) and John Males (manservant), costume: Pauline Loven, production assistant: Adam Fielding, dresser: Kelly Clark.
Here are a few of the photos I took on location. The director and cinematographer was Nic Loven, her production assistant was Lilli Stoddart, the actors were Kirsty Hannah and Lucy Sherre Cooper, hairdressing was by Anita Cudbertson, costume by me and the location was The Saxon House.
Crow’s Eye Productions has just completed a follow-up to our film ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ that we made for Lady Lever Art Gallery. The immense popularity of the first film raised the question amongst the audience who viewed it and enjoyed the complexity of a wealthy woman’s dress: ‘who dressed the maid’? So we made the second film to explain in detail how dress was simplified by working women, and made more practical and affordable, while still maintaining the fashionable silhouette.Continue reading “Getting Dressed in the 18th Century -Working Woman”
The video we made for Lady Lever Art Gallery on ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ raised a couple of interesting questions. One that frequently occurred was ‘what is the wooden thing that goes in the front?’. The answer is a ‘busk and we have made a short film to explain what a ‘busk’ is:
The replica busks were made by Arthur Roberts and carved by Coral Evans of the Sudbrooke Carving Club…