The Green Door
After seven years in London, studying at London college of Fashion and then becoming the shoe designer for the Royal Opera House I decided to bring my wealth of experience and knowledge back home to the place I love.
A foundation in dress making and pattern cutting combined with an interest in historical fashion, theatre and film naturally lead to an enthusiasm for costume. After developing a confident ability in garment making from a combination of taught skills, improvisational techniques and professional lessons I went to expand and challenge my skill base through the study of footwear at Cordwainers, London College of Fashion.
For work and play I have spent my time in London within the weird and wonderful world of Cabaret, Fetish and Theatre. Working for the Royal Opera house allowed me to work alongside world renowned designers and the best costume makers in the country. Absorbing their knowledge and wisdom was both an education and source of immense enjoyment.
My identity as a designer is driven by the pleasure of fancy dress and nostalgia.
Locally I was always involved in carnivals and Mayfair. I have made costumes for the Mayfair procession three times and have been the youngest dressmaker to ever take on the responsibility. I love working with community groups like the Cavaliers and Torrington Players because growing up in a small town with a close knit community has given me a huge sense of identity which I am very thankful for.
I would describe my designs as very theatrical, playful and humorous.