Undressing Mona Lisa

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.

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Luttrell Psalter Film

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”

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Stay-making

The 18th century is probably my favourite period of dress.

I always begin any period of dress with the foundation garments as they dictate the fashionable period shape.  I have recently made a number of new pairs of stays – eau-de-nil silk damask (worn by actress Tiffany Haynes) and the cream silk damask and salmon-pink silk damask, both rolled for storage. These now add to quite a collection of stays!

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