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 Nick 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 was Nick Loven, his production assistant was Lilli Stoddart, the actors were Kirsty Hannah and Lucy Sherre Cooper, hairdressing was by Anita Cudbertson, the costume was 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…
Breaking down fabrics, or artificially ageing them, is often part and parcel of creating costume for film or theatre. I recently created Anglo-Saxon clothing for a short film, made by Urban Apache Films, which needed to be bloodied and muddied as though straight after battle. However, I wanted to retain the Continue reading “Breaking Down Fabrics”
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”
Just occasionally a challenge is thrown in my direction! Recently I costumed a third year Lincoln University film (on a voluntary basis – I do this occasionally), but (as with all barely-funded projects) there can be challenges; last minute changes of cast being one.
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…