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. All the layers of costume were handmade by me except the patchwork pockets which were made by Kate Loven based on originals in an American collection.  The actors were Kate Loven, Amy Beven and Lydia Staniaszek, the film crew included Bryony Hooper (1st AD), Thomas Baker (lights) and Anita Cudbertson (period hairstylist). The photographs were taken by Victoria Louise. Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Snowdon for the use of their beautiful home.

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The shift photo (c) Victoria Louise

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Lacing the silk stays (c) Pauline Loven

18th century stays

Kate in stays, linen shift and pockets (c) Pauline Loven

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L to R: Bryony Hooper, Thomas Baker and Nick Loven (with camera). Photo (c) Victoria Louise

Pauline Loven pinning the gown closed in the light of the open door.

Pauline Loven pinning the gown closed in the light of the open door. Photo (c) Victoria Louise

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Preparing for the final scenes: L to R: Lydia Staniaszek, Kate Loven, Amy Beven and Bryony Hooper. (c) Victoria Louise

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Written by Pauline Loven

Pauline is a period costumier and film producer.