Think you are not interested? The latest group are putting their efforts on display this weekend and it is worth taking a look.
This is good old fashioned history based theatrical costume making.
Never wondered how many component parts go into making one Tudor “dress”? Well, now is the time to start wondering and also have the opportunity to find out. At the same time you could take a peek inside a Teddy Boy’s pockets, or ask the ladies about their 1940/50s evening wear.
I went along as a dresser for the Tudor photoshoot in our local Tudor Barley Hall. Those big skirts over farthingales and the stays can take quite a lot effort to get on and then to manage. It was so atmospheric in there – I can’t wait to see the photos.
The Teddy Boys stayed in the city centre down one of the seediest side lanes. No romantic Tudor beams for them. The final shoot of the day was at a Neo Classical chapel. A rather busy day.
Take a look at the complexities of the makes, see what can be achieved with some ingenuity, hard work and a lot of know-how and guidance. And then think – this was all achieved in 15 weeks!
I did the course a few years ago, and survived with battered, stitched fingerends and a lot more skills than I started with.
If you are in York, do drop in.
Photos : Mark Terry