Bringing the past to life through costume

This was the theme of last week’s talk by Jenny Tiramani from The School of Historical Dress. Award-winning and passionate Jenny kept the packed room enthralled by whizzing us through a history of costume. She did this by showing us not only a slideshow of breathtakingly intricate costumes she had created, but by literally bringing one of them along too.

But it gets even better… not content to just show us an actual costume, fellow talented designer and teacher at the school in Hoxton, Luca Costigliolo, literally modelled the costume which included hose, footwear and a hat.

With names like Stephen Fry amongst the national treasures that they have created for Jenny and Luca are sticklers for authenticity and it’s no surprise that their client lists venues like The Globe , The Royal Opera House and Jenny’s upcoming work will be for The Marriage of Figaro at the Sydney Opera House, opening in August 2015.

One fact that stayed with many of us was that back in the day being a laundress was a much-coveted job (as well it should always be!) as fabric was so precious the person who washed it was well respected.  The school runs courses for anyone who missed this evening or for anyone who wants to learn more.


Knit N Crochet Club – next meeting Monday 23rd March more info HERE.
Book Club – next meeting 10th March more info HERE.
Trips in March – to Pride and Prejudice and Delores’ Burlesque Show more info HERE.
Volunteer – we are looking for volunteers to bake a cake for the night shelter and/or one of our meetings – contact for dates we still need help.
The DBA are looking for volunteers to help distribute their newsletters, a few streets is all the commitment necessary, contact