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With over 15 years experience creating, designing and adapting costume, my commitment to elaborate, creative and visually stunning design is limitless. Having worked freelance for the last 10 years in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America, and with cult film designers and Oscar winners I am experienced in designing and making costumes for a variety of different genres, from conceptual through to historical and dance.
I both design and interpret/construct costumes for Stage and Screen.
With over 15 years experience creating, designing and adapting costume, my commitment to elaborate, creative and visually stunning design is limitless. Having worked freelance for the last 10 years in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America, I am experienced in designing and making costumes for a variety of different genres, from conceptual through to historical and dance.
I trained at Wimbledon College of Art, where I gained a BA (Hons) Costume Design; whilst there I developed excellent theatrical design, illustration and interpretation skills as well as advanced technical abilities in surface decoration and textile manipulation including dying techniques, tailoring and specific costume construction techniques.
Whilst studying at Wimbledon College of Art I worked on and designed numerous theatrical productions and several films both UK and France based. I also worked with The Barbican on several Children’s’ Workshops. I was also lucky enough to work for Connecticut Repertory Theatre in the US. Based just outside of New York I worked as a Wardrobe Assistant, Interpreter and Designer for several months. This was an experience which still informs the way I work today.
My inspiration to work comes in many guises. In the past it has been theatre productions such as No Fit State and Fuerzabruta, which has refined into an interest in the work of Pina Bausch, Matthew Bourne and the costume work of Shakespeare’s Globe, The Royal Opera House and many others. I still take inspiration from Galliano, Westwood and other fashion designers. I will always retain a love of ballet and remember particularly vividly Derek Deane’s production of Swan Lake with no less than sixty swans designed in the round at The Royal Albert Hall a few years ago.
From film I take inspiration, and no small amount of awe, from the work of Guillermo del Toro, Baz Luhrmann, Robert Rodriguez and Alfonso Cuaron and Terry Gilliam to name but a few.
Since graduating I have worked with and for numerous West End shows both as an interpreter and wardrobe mistress; I have both designed and overseen the construction and wardrobe deaprtments for several feature films including Sir Lanval and The Ballad of Mary Whyddon. I collaborated with many fantastic artists such as Brian and Wendy Froud and Oscar Winner Alan Lee for Sir Lanval which has been described as a “breathtaking rollercoaster of a romance – love, betrayal, deceit, passion, fidelity, all played out in the fairytale granite landscapes of both Dartmoor and Brittany.”
I currently run studio space from Puthay Studios and work on Film and Theatre pieces, as well as Commissioned pieces from clients all over the World.