Rock band outfits, walking talking vitamin tablets,
Frankenstein’s monster, grizzly bears: I’ve done them all! I can make a diverse
range of costume pieces from Fancy Dress to Costumes for Corporate Branding and
design and co-ordination is my core business and my passion!
I am experienced and versatile, I have the specialised
technical skills required to understand a design brief and produce a costume
that is both visually accomplished and comfortable to wear and brought in on
budget. I will investigate a range of options to see what is the best way to
achieve the required result.
I understand that costumes sometimes need to be built and
not just sewn; that they can require reinforcing in areas of high wear and
tear, and that structural elements (like wings, backpacks / bracing or stilts,
etc) need careful consideration to be incorporated into a costume successfully.
I enjoy working with foam, latex, wire, metal,
therma-plastics, “found objects” and fabrics to create costume pieces. You may
require a sculptural piece - moulded and cast in latex or poly resin, perhaps a
wearable foam - shaped costume. Or, you may require prop costume pieces –
sculptural replicas of jewellery or armour.
I have worked in theatre for several years in a number of
roles dressing, costume design and co-ordination. Sometimes costumes do not
need to be completely made and can be sourced and styled using my experienced
local and overseas suppliers.
Before you choose someone to make your special costume, be
sure to have asked the following questions:
Has the person made a costume like this before?
Ask for photographic examples of similar work
Can they make the costume to budget?
Do they offer personal service and made to measure
Do they offer a fitting service/ can they come
Do they know how to make pieces that not only
look good, but are comfortable to wear (remember somebody has to wear it!)
Beware – lots of good
looking costumes are available on the internet but sometimes they don’t look so
great when they arrive in the post!